Connor Shaw had put together a strong preseason with the Chicago Bears. The former Gamecocks signal caller had been making a good case to get, at worst, a third-string slot on the Bears’ depth chart.
That, and his season, looks to be in serious jeopardy. In the 4th quarter, with the Bears trailing the Chiefs 23-7 at Soldier Field, Shaw appeared to have a defensive lineman roll over on his ankle. You can’t really see it on this replay, but word is that it was so bad that the Bears TV crew refused to show it again.
Connor Shaw's ankle injury. Chiefs DL landed right on it, and it bent backwards. Yikes #bears https://t.co/PvQhNQjxNm— Lorin Cox (@CoxSports1) August 27, 2016
Shaw was carted off the field and sent to the hospital. After the game, when asked about Shaw’s status, head coach John Fox didn’t have good news.
Fox says injury to Connor Shaw "very serious" and off to the hospital: "Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family."— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 27, 2016
This sounds very bad and, to be honest, could mean that Shaw may not see the field at all in 2016. That marks two years in a row where he has suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason: last year, with the Browns, he tore several thumb ligaments and was out recovering for all of 2015.
@cmshaw8 Thinking about you Connor Shaw....You're as tough as they come. Keep those spirits up!!#toughasnails— Shawn Elliott USC (@ShawnElliottUSC) August 27, 2016
Praying for Connor Shaw and a speedy recovery! Tough times don't last, tough people do!— Kurt Roper (@CoachKurtRoper) August 27, 2016
We certainly hope and pray for the best, but from what we’re hearing, things don’t look to be in Shaw’s favor right now. Hopefully he bounces back from this soon and gets back on the field.
UPDATE: Perhaps it isn’t as dire as it looked, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
#Bears QB Connor Shaw suffered a broken leg right above the ankle, source said. If there is no ligament damage, could be back this season— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 27, 2016