The highlight from Coach Zorn’s press conference today is the reshuffling of the offensive line, a move born more of necessity than of any particular desire on Zorn’s part. (To judge by the comments, though, there are plenty of fans who will be pleased to see some change — ANY change — along the lines, so … here you go!)
Here’s how it breaks down (no pun intended):
Chris Samuels has a 50% tear in his tricep, so he’s going to be getting surgery and is done for the year. Jon Jansen is waiting for news on his MCL, and even substitute tackle and backup center Justin Geisinger suffered a potential knee sprain last night and has an MRI scheduled. So both tackles and the backup center are likely gone.
Assuming that both Samuels and Jansen are out, Stephon Heyer becomes the starting left tackle and the frequently-inactive Jason Fabini becomes the starting right tackle. Devin Clark will be activated off the practice squad, and both he and fellow rookie Chad Rinehart will start receiving work at both tackle and guard. Meanwhile, Pete Kendall becomes the backup center.
In other injury news:
- Chris Horton is “in the tube getting an MRI,” according to Coach Zorn, trying to see if there’s a labrum tear. That would be classified as “not good,” according to me.
- Cornelius Griffin‘s shoulder is coming around, but he’s having an abdomen strain checked for a hernia. Also “not good”.
- It’s all wait-and-see on Marcus Washington‘s high ankle sprain, and Shawn Springs is continuing to build up his calf, with, Zorn says, “the idea of being able to explode.”
- Todd Yoder has a minor knee sprain and should be fine, and Andre Carter and London Fletcher made it out of the game healthy. Also, Zorn expects Kedric Golston back by next week, which is good to hear.
- Oh, and it’s not an injury, but (bizarrely) Zorn reports that Devin Aromashodu is likely to be signed to the Bears practice squad, which means that the team will have two practice squad spots to fill: Clark’s and Aromashodu’s.
Other than that, it was a continued message of optimism and learning. Contrary to some of the conventional wisdom, Zorn claimed to be pleased with Jason Campbell yesterday.
- “I thought he did pretty good,” Zorn said. “He stood strong and was in the face of tremendous pressure…. I was very proud of how he took the punishment. He missed on a couple of things; he wasn’t perfect, but he stood strong. We got him into a couple things where he had to make the right audible, and he did.”
As far as criticism of the defensive line’s rush, Zorn noted, “Even ‘without pressure’ on their young QB, he had [just] 135 yards passing. Without pressure.”
“Everybody’s down right now,” Zorn said, summing up the general mood of frustration and lingering hope. “This was a hard blow, and it’s not fun. But — and this is such an easy thing to say — we can’t flinch.”
(Edit to add: if you’re wondering how Zorn intends to “stay medium” in this situation, DC Sports Bog has you covered.)