Second-year center Hroniss Grasu tore his ACL in the team’s annual Family Fest practice on Saturday and is likely out for the season.
“I actually saw it; it was right in front of me,” head coach John Fox said. “It was non-contact. He was changing direction and it didn’t go well.”
The injury was particularly disappointing because Grasu was an unknown commodity who could have used this season to hone his craft and give the coaching staff an opportunity to further grade him to see if he will be a building block for the future.
But in the short term, the Bears will need to find a solution to the center position, and it won’t be easy.
Whether the Bears fill Grasu’s spot from within their own depth chart or from outside the organization is the big question. The team could move veteran guard Ted Larsen to center. Larsen has played both guard and center in his career. But finding a more natural fit at the position might be a better option.
Grasu’s injury was the latest in a slew of problems for the offense. Kyle Long (calf), Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), Zach Miller and Eddie Royal (concussions) have all missed practices as of late.
The Bears get on the game field for the first time Thursday against the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos in their preseason home-opener at Soldier Field.