Bears news: Bryce Callahan out for a while with broken foot
However, it has come at a cost with cornerback Bryce Callahan suffering a broken foot in the contest that could cost him the rest of the season, according to Mike Garafolo of The NFL Network.
#Bears nickel CB Bryce Callahan suffered a broken bone in his foot in Sunday's win over the #Rams, sources say. Fifth metatarsal. His timeline is TBD but he'll likely be out a while. He was balling, so a tough one for Chicago.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 11, 2018
This is a major loss in their secondary as Callahan had emerged as a key piece to the puzzle defensively that has helped give them one of the most stout units in the league. He is in the midst of a breakout year, currently posting career highs with 45 tackles and 2.0 sacks along with tying career-best marks with two interceptions and six pass deflections.
According to Pro Football Focus, his season grade of 80.8 puts him inside the top 20 at his position.
His presence has been key in providing more stability to the Bears’ secondary that has anchored their third-ranked defense that is 10th against the pass and second against the run this season while being third with 19.0 points per game allowed. Their play defensively has been a huge part of the reason why the franchise is in the position of securing their first division title and playoff berth since the 2010 campaign.
The loss of Callahan now puts Sherrick McManis in the position of filling for Callahan while he is sidelined this season. He had performed well against the Rams in the spot duty as he helped keep their explosive offense at bay.
Chicago has a tough remaining schedule facing two division rivals in the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings along with the San Francisco 49ers. There should be more clarity on Callahan’s situation in the coming days that should give a better timetable of how long this injury will keep him out of the lineup.