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Bears TE Cole Kmet played through fractured right forearm in season finale

With Super Bowl LVIII week in full swing, there are plenty of familiar Chicago Bears faces in Las Vegas on Radio Row.

That includes tight end Cole Kmet, who met with some local Chicago of media sporting a brace on his right forearm. As it turns out, Kmet fractured his right forearm in the Bears’ season finale against the Green Bay Packers — and he kept playing because he didn’t realize it.

Kmet’s injury didn’t require surgery, and he’s expected to be cleared soon, he told reporters. Kmet said it won’t impact his offseason.

Kmet is coming off a career year with the Bears, where he emerged as one of the NFL’s best tight ends. He ranked seventh in receptions (73), ninth in receiving yards (719) and second in touchdowns (6) among tight ends. Kmet signed a four-year, $50 million extension before the start of the 2023 season, so Chicago has him locked down through 2027.

Despite battling a knee injury in the final weeks — and that fractured forearm against Green Bay — Kmet has yet to miss a game in his four-year career.

Story originally appeared on Bears Wire