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Despite impressive preseason numbers Jarvis Jenkins Jersey , the Chicago Bears will enter the regular season no more certain about their pass rush than when they opened training camp due to an injury to linebacker Leonard Floyd.

Floyd, the Bears' first-round draft pick in 2016, broken his right hand in Saturday's 24-23 preseason win at Denver.

Coach Matt Nagy on Monday said the injury would not be healed by the season opener Sept. 9 at Green Bay.

"I think he's going to have to end up playing through it," Nagy said. "It might require something in regards to having a cast or a club-type deal, and there's been evidence of guys that have had that and been productive. And that's what we're hoping right now."

Nagy couldn't rule out Floyd missing the opener due to fractures of his right index and middle fingers.

"He got cut (blocked) on the edge and he went to brace himself on the ground, and so it was just kind of unlucky," Nagy said.

The Bears also lost tight end Adam Shaheen in the game. The second-year player sprained his ankle and his status for the opener is uncertain, as well.

Chicago has plenty of depth at tight end with Dion Sims, Trey Burton and Daniel Brown. The outside pass rusher spot is much thinner.

The Bears decided against re-signing veteran outside pass rushers Pernell McPhee and Willie Young in the offseason, and went instead with Floyd, free agent acquisition Aaron Lynch, veteran Sam Acho, Isaiah Irving and rookie Kylie Fitts.

Lynch has been out since the first day of training camp with a hamstring injury Keanu Neal Jersey , and now Floyd is hurt again. Floyd had 11陆 sacks his first two seasons, but missed 10 games due to injuries.

"He's staying positive, he's in good spirits," Nagy said. "The surgery went well for him, as good as it could go. So now it's just a matter of having the right mindset and recovering from the surgery and staying in it mentally."

Nagy said it's possible Lynch could practice soon. He also missed much of the team's offseason work due to injuries.

"We feel good with where he's at," Nagy said. "We know it's been some time here. We want to get him up and running. He's getting closer and closer by the day, so we do feel really good about where he's at. He is getting better."

The Bears' pass rush actually appeared strong in the preseason before losing Floyd. They've averaged 4.3 sacks in three games and only New England is averaging more.

Part of the reason is a three-man interior line has been effective, even with starting defensive end Akiem Hicks missing Saturday's game due to minor knee soreness. Nagy called that a "day-to-day" situation.

Second-year defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris is a big reason for the strong inside rush so far. He leads the NFL preseason with 3陆 sacks.

"Yeah, I've been told a few times," Robertson-Harris said. "I like to see that in the regular season, though. Ain't nobody gonna remember that within the next year."

Robertson-Harris is vying with third-year defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard to join Hicks and Eddie Goldman on the three-man defensive line.

Robertson-Harris is a converted linebacker who had two sacks and played in 13 games last year. He added 30 pounds the last two years and has worked extensively on his pass rushing technique.

"I worked a lot with (former Falcons pass rusher) Chuck Smith in Atlanta," Robertson-Harris said. "I did a little bit of boxing over the summertime to help my hand speed.

"I feel like that's played in my favor a lot over the preseason and training camp, things like that."

Robertson-Harris has also adjusted to his heavier weight.

"Last year I was at 285 Deion Sanders Jersey , now I'm 295," Robertson-Harris said. "And I don't want to be big and fat, so I wanted to make sure 295 is also coming with strength. So I worked a lot of strength training in the summertime along with the boxing."

Robertson-Harris anticipates Floyd will play in the opener, even if it will be an issue into the first weeks of the season.

"I think Leonard's going to be fine," Robertson-Harris said. "He's going to come back and rush his butt off. He's going to be fine."

NOTES: The NFL suspended Bears cornerback Deiondre' Hall for one game due to a violation of league's substance policy. Hall, a 2016 fourth-round pick from Northern Iowa, has played in 10 games and has largely been a special teamer. He has seven career tackles and an interception. If he makes the final roster, Hall would be eligible to return to practice Sept. 10. . Shaheen was still undergoing tests on his injured ankle Monday afternoon and Nagy said more would be known on the severity of his sprain on Tuesday.

Ezekiel Elliott never has offered much about his state of mind at training camp a year ago when the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys faced the possibility of a suspension over domestic violence allegations.

So let his position coach explain the difference now that the drama is gone.

”You go at this time last year, he’s very stressed out,” running backs coach Gary Brown said. ”Wasn’t himself. Looked big. Now he looks happy and jubilant and lean and just going out there and having some fun. So it’s a completely different Zeke than it was last year.”

The six-game suspension was announced while the Cowboys were in California last year. Elliott’s legal team sued after the club had returned to Texas, sparking a two-month court fight that finally ended with the 2016 NFL rushing leader serving the ban halfway through the season.

Elliott had an uneven start last year before looking more like the rookie sensation who helped lead the Cowboys to an NFC-best 13 wins alongside quarterback Dak Prescott, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year on that playoff team. Then Elliott ran out of legal options , the Cowboys lost three straight games and Dallas ultimately missed the postseason at 9-7.

There isn’t any waiting and wondering now.

”I am just ready to go out there and prove myself and be the running back I am for this team Kareem Martin Jersey ,” Elliott said in his first meeting with reporters at camp. ”And go out there and have a good year.”

The suspension wasn’t the only thing that had Elliott in the headlines last year.

There was video of him pulling down a woman’s shirt during a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dallas. The NFL cited that incident in its letter detailing his punishment while saying it didn’t play a role in the outcome of a yearlong investigation conducted despite prosecutors in Ohio not pursuing the case. Elliott also was linked to a fight outside a bar not long before the team reported to California last July, although his name didn’t appear in the police report detailing the incident.

This offseason came and went without any significant headlines.

”I am being more cautious, more focused on my game,” said Elliott, who turned 23 last week. ”And focused on having a good year.”

After leading the league with 1,631 yards rushing in 2016, Elliott had the best per-game rushing average last season at 98.3 yards. His 2,614 yards through two seasons are the most in franchise history, ahead of NFL all-time rushing leader Emmitt Smith and another Hall of Famer, Tony Dorsett.

The Cowboys aren’t making any secret about building their offense around him. Dallas dumped Dez Bryant, the franchise leader in touchdown receptions, in a cost-cutting move in the offseason. They believe the passing game with Prescott is best-suited feeding off Elliott.

That’s why the Cowboys were as interested as Elliott was in a quiet offseason for the former Ohio State star.

”It’s important for him, it’s important for his teammates Evan Engram Jersey , it’s important – obviously – for our franchise and what people’s thoughts are on him,” executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones said. ”I think it was huge that he was able to really get his hands around what this is all about – the challenges that are out there. Hopefully it’ll continue.”

With Bryant and 15-year tight end Jason Witten gone, Elliott mentions leadership every time he talks to reporters now. While acknowledging that vocal leadership doesn’t come naturally for him, he’s shown some signs in position drills at camp.

”I think he’s grown into it pretty well,” Brown said. ”Obviously he’s not a vocal leader. But I think he leads by example. When guys see him finishing the way he finishes and working the way he works, that speaks louder than his voice.”

As for Brown’s ”happy” thoughts about Elliott, the 2016 All-Pro will whoop and holler from time to time while carrying the ball to end zone even after the whistle blows during practice.

”I think he’s in good spirits,” backup running back Rod Smith said. ”I’ve seen what he went through last year and seeing him to be able to overcome all of that and just to see him now just having to worry about nothing but football, it’s a beautiful feeling.”

Owner Jerry Jones supported Elliott’s legal fight even though it kept the issue lingering over the team when a quicker resolution might have given the Cowboys a better chance at a playoff push late in the season.

”I just think he looks veteran-ish,” Jones said Sunday. ”I think he looks confident. I think he’s getting good hard work in. Fundamental work. He just looks sound to me. I’m glad to see him get that solid work in.”

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