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Bushrod (knee) is probable for Sunday's game against Miami.

Bushrod's return is reassuring for Jay Cutler, as the Miami front four has a good amount of talent.

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Bushrod (knee) is out for Sunday's game against Carolina.

With Bushrod out, the Bears will start Michael Ola at left tackle. It's a slight concern for Jay Cutler.

Jermon Bushrod CHI 21 Days

Bushrod (knee) was unable to practice Thursday, ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright reports.

After being limited in practice a day earlier, Bushrod had an unexpected downgrade in status Thursday, putting his availability for Sunday's game against the Panthers in jeopardy. Last summer's signing of Bushrod has given some peace of mind with the big left tackle protecting his blind side, and his potential absence could throw the effectiveness of the Bears' offense out of whack. If Bushrod is unable to go Sunday, the Bears would likely be down three starters on the offensive line as center Roberto Garza and left guard Matt Slauson also appear unlikely to play due to injury.

Jermon Bushrod CHI Mar 12 '13

Bears agreed to terms on a five-year contract with LT Jermon Bushrod, formerly of the Saints.

The Bears were on a mission to upgrade Jay Cutler's protection, and they've done so slightly. Although Bushrod is regarded as a top-tier left tackle because he's kept Drew Brees upright, he actually graded out similarly to J'Marcus Webb last season. Cutler doesn't get the ball out nearly as quickly as Brees. Still, the Bears certainly know what they're getting as offensive line coach Aaron Kromer worked with Bushrod in New Orleans. At the very least, they've added depth to a thin unit.

Jermon Bushrod CHI Mar 12 '13

The Bears are reportedly "in talks" with free agent LT Jermon Bushrod.

The offensive-line needy Bears already missed out on Phil Loadholt, Andy Levitre and Louis Vasquez. Bushrod is far from elite, but he'd certainly be an upgrade on J'Marcus Webb. Drew Brees took just 26 sacks last season.

Jermon Bushrod CHI Mar 12 '13

Free agent LT Jermon Bushrod is shooting down rumors that he's seeking "Jahri Evans money."

He better, because he won't get it. Part of a somewhat soft offensive tackle market, Bushrod is unlikely to approach the seven-year, $56.7 million contract teammate Evans received in New Orleans. Bushrod turns 29 before the season. We'd anticipate something more along the lines of $30 million across five years.

Jermon Bushrod CHI Mar 12 '13

There have reportedly been no significant talks at all between the Saints and free agent LT Jermon Bushrod.

It's a surprise that the Saints aren't doing more to retain Drew Brees' blindside protector. They haven't yet slashed the salaries of Jonathan Vilma or Will Smith, giving them little wiggle room under the cap. Bushrod will test the market, which means the Saints will be playing with fire.

Jermon Bushrod CHI Mar 11 '13

Free agent LT Jermon Bushrod is "50-50" to re-sign with the Saints.

According to SI's Peter King, Bushrod's Saints future could depend on the team agreeing to restructured deals with Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith. If it's Vilma and Smith holding the Saints back from keeping Drew Brees' blindside protector, it's a bit surprising one or both haven't been cut loose already. Bushrod is much more important to the Saints' 2013 chances. Neither Vilma nor Smith are good fits for New Orleans' new 3-4 defense.

Jermon Bushrod CHI Mar 08 '13

SI's Peter King expects the Saints to be "very aggressive" in attempting to re-sign free agent LT Jermon Bushrod before Tuesday.

If left unsigned Bushrod would hit the market on Tuesday as a top-three left tackle, behind only Jake Long and probably ahead of Sam Baker. While not an elite blindside protector, Bushrod has done just well enough to keep Drew Brees' jersey clean as a starter the past four seasons. We suspect Bushrod would gladly accept a contract worth $7 million annually, just less than Will Beatty's.

Jermon Bushrod CHI Mar 07 '13

The Saints' top priority among their own free agents remains LT Jermon Bushrod.

As of Monday, the Saints were reportedly $5.43 million over the salary cap. They've since restructured some deals and plan on redoing more, but it probably won't clear enough room to make Bushrod a top-dollar offer. He's now our No. 7 free agent tackle available in a class that's thinned out following the franchise tagging of Ryan Clady/Branden Albert and the Giants' re-signing of Will Beatty.