Just when Chicago Bears fans thought their kicking woes were behind them, Week 2 hero Eddy Piñeiro became a late addition to the injury report with a right knee injury ahead of Monday night’s primetime matchup with Washington.
Piñeiro narrowly won Chicago’s kicker job out of training camp and further solidified his status with a game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired in Denver last Sunday. His performance earned him the title of NFC special teams player of the week and made him an overnight celebrity to Bears fans everywhere.
Now that Chicago has decided it can rely on him, the team may be forced to hold its breath again.
#Bears PK Eddy Piniero (right knee) was limited in practice today and is questionable for Monday.
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) September 21, 2019
Head coach Matt Nagy told reporters that Piñeiro hurt his knee in the weight room on Friday and called the injury “minor.”
#Bears PK Eddy Pineiro is questionable with a minor knee injury he suffered in the weight room. Matt Nagy is optimistic & cautious. Mentioned punter Pat O’Donnell as an option and acknowledged they are familiar with several kickers, but said “I feel good that things will be OK.”
— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) September 21, 2019
After the infamous double-doink and the exhaustive search to find a replacement for Cody Parkey — to say nothing of the Bears’ offense averaging just 9.5 points per game through two weeks — any amount of concern is understandable.
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