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Bears DE Shea McClellin on his plantar fasciitis: ‘It’s gone. I feel good’
Bears defensive end Shea McClellin wants everyone to know that he feels good — that the plantar fasciitis that first appeared in his right foot in February is gone and has been gone for awhile.
“It started in February,” McClellin said Tuesday after the first day of mandatory minicamp at Halas Hall. “I went in right away to see what it was and just got treatment, and it hasn’t affected anything. So I’m good.”
McClellin, the Bears’ first-round pick in 2012, said the injury didn’t affect him at all during his rookie season or even this offseason. The Tribune first reported that McClellin had plantar fasciitis.
“I haven’t missed anything, so it hasn’t been affecting me at all,” McClellin said.
Will he have to pay extra attention to his foot moving forward?
“No, I don’t think so,” McClellin said.
Is it completely gone?
“Nothing right now,” he said. “I feel good.”
Was it painful at some point?
“It was really painful,” McClellin said. “It feels like needles in the bottom of your feet. But it’s gone and I feel good.”
It’s good a thing too because more is expected from McClellin in 2013.
McClellin’s playing time should increase in his second year. McClellin, who had a knee injury and a concussion last season, recorded 2.5 sacks and two tackles for loss in 14 games. According to Pro Football Focus, McClellin also had 22 quarterback hurries.
Look for new Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker to be creative with McClellin in blitz and nickel packages this coming season.
McClellin said he has “no worries” when it comes to bout with plantar fasciitis.
“It was just getting the right treatment done to it,” he said. “Staying off of it definitely helps, but certain things help too.”