BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears continue to take a conservative approach in bringing back second-year right tackle Jordan Mills, who missed the preseason opener and could be out Thursday when the team faces the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I really think it’s just day to day,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “He’s in that boot. He’s out of that boot. He’s doing the things he needs to do. I don’t want to put a time limit on this thing.”
After missing the preseason opener Friday against the Philadelphia Eagles, Mills sat out the team’s first practice Sunday after it returned to camp. The Bears have taken a cautious approach with Mills since the offseason. The starting right tackle underwent surgery in January on a fractured metatarsal in his left foot.
The Bears held out Mills again on Tuesday, the club’s final practice of training camp at Olivet Nazarene University.
With Mills likely to sit for the matchup against the Jaguars, and Eben Britton out because of a hamstring injury, the Bears will likely turn to Michael Ola, who has been used at camp to play every position on the offensive line except for center.
Trestman said the team’s medical staff has looked at Mills foot “from a lot of different directions” and believes the time he’s missed will prove beneficial in the long run.
“We’ll just see,” Trestman said. “As I’ve always said, and I’ve been consistent, when the trainers and doctors say he’s ready to go, he’ll be out there. I don’t make those decisions.”