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Rome Odunze Misses the Bears’ Practice Following Unsettling Information

When it comes to wide receiver Rome Odunze, the Chicago Bears are being cautious.

Although rookie minicamp has barely started, Odunze missed practice on Saturday, May 11, because of a troubling hamstring injury.

Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reported via X that “Bears rookie wide receiver Rome Odunze has hamstring tightness and will sit out today’s rookie camp practice.”

According to Wiederer’s assessment, Odunze is not hurt and is not expected to miss any substantial time. Nevertheless, hamstring problems are infamously erratic and persistent.

Wideouts find them especially troublesome, as Justin Jefferson’s experience with the Minnesota Vikings during the previous season shown. After Jefferson pulled his hamstring in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Vikings benched their top receiver for eight games (seven games plus a bye) to ensure he didn’t re-strain the muscle and miss even more time.

With only a few months to prepare for Week 1 in early September, the squad has months to bring Odunze up to speed. He literally just started playing in Chicago. During the offseason, every practice hour is essential, particularly for a rookie who has high hopes and is eager to make his professional debut.

However, given that Odunze is the No. 9 pick in this year’s NFL draft and the running partner of fellow rookie and No. 1 overall selection quarterback Caleb Williams, it wouldn’t be shocking if the Bears decide to escalate their caution from ordinary to extreme and decide to keep him out of action for a few days, or even the remainder of rookie minicamp and beyond.

With DJ Moore and Pro Bowler Keenan Allen in the receiving room heading into the 2024 season, Odunze poses an embarrassment of riches for Chicago.

For the Los Angeles Chargers in 2023, Allen caught 108 passes for 1,243 yards and 7 touchdowns, while Moore had a career year with 96 catches for 1,364 yards and 8 touchdowns. At the collegiate level, Odunze was dominant in 2023, leading the FBS in receiving yards with 1,640 gained on 92 catches, including 13 touchdowns.

After adding Moore, Allen, and Odunze during the previous two years, Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski said on May 9 that Chicago’s receivers were the best in the NFL going into the 2024 campaign.

 

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