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Chicago Bears wide receiver N’Keal Harry’s ankle injury believed to be severe, source says

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears wide receiver N’Keal Harry suffered what appeared to be a serious ankle injury during training camp practice on Saturday, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Harry, 24, went down on the first game of team practice when a screen pass went his way. The wide receiver appeared to have curled his ankle when linebacker Nicholas Morrow tackled him. Unable to put weight on his left ankle, the receiver had to be carried off the field by a coach and teammate.

The team is still awaiting a further assessment of the seriousness of Harry’s injury and no decision has been made as to how long he will be sidelined.

Chicago coach Matt Eberflus is not expected to speak to reporters until Tuesday, when the team trains at Soldier Field during the Bears’ family festival. Eberflus said after Saturday’s training session that he didn’t know much about Harry’s injury, only that the team would be monitoring it in the coming days.

“I just saw him coming down,” Eberflus said. “I’ve seen the play and don’t really know much about there. We will of course do the evaluation and as soon as I have that we can give it back to you. And if it takes longer, we’ll let you know what it is. If it’s day to day, let’s say that too.

Harry, a 2019 first-round pick, was traded from New England to Chicago in July in exchange for a 2023 seventh-round pick. His 33 total games in three seasons with the Patriots and had 57 receptions for 598 yards and four touchdowns.

Earlier in training camp, the wide receiver opened up about his new start with the Bears, where he was vying for a starting role behind frontrunner Darnell Mooney.

“I just feel like it’s a good fit for me,” Harry said on July 27. “As soon as I entered the building, I just felt a lot of good vibes even as I entered the building. Everyone here is excited. I’m looking forward to the season and it’s just a reset for me, a good reset.”

In addition to Harry, the Bears have lost three of their top four wide receivers, including Byron Pringle, who had a quad injury with no schedule for a return, and rookie Velus Jones Jr., whose injury is considered a “daily” missed,” according to Eberflus but on Sunday a second training session in a row.

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Emma Bowman

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