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Bears backup QB Jordan Palmer sitting out OTAs with shoulder strain; expects to be ready for mini-camp
Bears backup quarterback Jordan Palmer is not participating in organized team activities this week because of a strained right pectoral muscle, Palmer said Wednesday.
Veteran Jarrod Johnson, rookie David Fales and newcomer Jimmy Clausen took practice reps behind starter Jay Cutler on Wednesday at the Payton Center — with Johnson and Fales getting the majority of the backup reps.
Palmer said he also was held out last week during OTAs, but called the injury a “nothing deal” and said he expected to participate in mini-camp next week — the Bears’ last practices before training camp next month.
“Just letting it breathe,” Palmer said. “It’s frustrating because it’s not … a serious injury. [They're] just pulling me out and letting it get a little bit of rest.”
With Josh McCown having signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent, Palmer is the leading candidate to start the season as the No. 2 quarterback behind Cutler. And he made it clear he still is progressing in that role even though he has not participating in OTAs.
“It’s going great,” Palmer said. “I spent last year getting mental reps. It may sound dumb to the average fan — how do you get a rep without getting a rep? But being in the league as long as I have and having been in a back-up role, we saw Josh not get a rep during the season lat year and pick up as if he had been getting them. There’s a course of action to that — to getting reps by watching.
“Just letting my shoulder rest. It’s frustrating to have to sit out a week or two, but it’ll be ready to roll for the mini-camp and just rehabbing it and getting back into it. It’s a nothing deal. If I played any other position it wouldn’t be an issue.”