“Teven Jenkins just walked off the field now. The Bears were celebrating their field goal but he walked toward the goal line and then he went down to his knees, holding his facemask in what looked like a lot of pain.”
Fortunately for Jenkins and the Bears, it doesn't look like he suffered a serious injury as he was able to return to action after a couple of possessions on the sidelines, per Jahns.
“Teven Jenkins has returned for the Bears. He missed two possessions.”
Jenkins could also be powering through his injury knowing that he will have plenty of time to rest after the Minnesota game, with the Bears enjoying a bye in Week 13.
Jenkins has been one of the more reliable Justin Fields protectors in the 2023 NFL season. The 25-year-old Jenkins entered the Vikings game with a 70.4 overall grade and a 72.1 pass-blocking rating, both from Pro Football Focus.
The former Oklahoma Sooners offensive lineman was selected by the Bears in the second round (39th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft before getting signed by Chicago to a four-year $8.38 million deal.
The Bears can't afford to deal with key injuries, especially since they are lagging behind in the playoff race in the NFC. They woke up Monday with just three wins against eight losses and coming off a 31-26 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Lions on the road on Thanksgiving Day.