NFL News: Chicago Bears' Mark Sanchez Saved Fellow Quarterback Through His Latest Knee Injury

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 05/31/17 05:12AM EDT

The Chicago Bears will have to continue their organized team activities without Mark Sanchez. On Tuesday, the veteran quarterback suffered a knee injury that is going to sideline him for a few weeks. This is bad news for the team but it is a blessing in disguise for his fellow passer, Connor Shaw. 

According to, Shaw was set to leave Chicago Tuesday. The Bears were releasing him to create roster space for their new addition, wide receiver Victor Cruz. However, they changed their minds after Sanchez got hurt.

Now, Shaw will be taking the reps in OTAs that initially belonged to Sanchez. This is an excellent opportunity for him to redeem himself. The 25-year-old quarterback was out for the entire 2016 NFL season because of a leg injury. 

The unexpected adjustment at the quarterback position is unlikely to have a major impact on Chicago. Neither Sanchez nor Shaw is projected to start for the Bears. That role belongs to Mike Glennon who was signed last March. They are also not expected to be the second-stringer. The rookie Mitch Trubisky, who was selected with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, is predicted by many to take that job. 

Before Sanchez headed to Chicago, he played for the New York Jets, where he was a starting quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Dallas Cowboys. Last year he also became part of the Denver Broncos but was let go before the 2016 NFL season started. 

If Sanchez can stay in Chicago, the Bears will have a competitive quarterback unit on paper. It is going to be a mix of experience and youth. Glennon and Sanchez are veterans, while Trubisky is a newbie who has great potential. Shaw's future remains undetermined since they almost parted ways with him.  

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