Jun 16, 2021; Lake Forest, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears Teven Jenkins in action during minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Bears second-rounder Teven Jenkins shut down, QB Justin Fields hurt

Chicago Bears second-round pick Teven Jenkins is out indefinitely following back surgery.

First-rounder Justin Fields was also sidelined for Wednesday’s practice due to a groin injury, and defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (back) wasn’t available.

Head coach Matt Nagy said the goal for the back procedure performed Wednesday is to address Jenkins’ known issue that caused the former Oklahoma State offensive tackle to fall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Nagy, who said after the draft the team was “well aware” of Jenkins’ history of back problems, said Wednesday the “goal is to get him back this season.”

Rarely on the field since being drafted, Jenkins was slated to start at left tackle. The Bears traded up in the second round to land Jenkins, and three days later released mainstay starter Charles Leno Jr., who hadn’t missed a game since becoming a starter in 2015.

The Bears agreed to a deal with Jason Peters, but he’s unvaccinated and subject to a five-day waiting period before he can join the team.

Peters, 39, is a nine-time Pro Bowl pick and said following last season he felt there was more in the tank for an 18th season. He played in eight games last season with the Philadelphia Eagles.

–Field Level Media

December 23, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Chicago Bears offensive tackle Charles Leno (72) during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Bears releasing veteran LT Charles Leno

The Chicago Bears are planning to release left tackle Charles Leno, the seven-year veteran confirmed Monday.

“My time in Chicago has officially come to an end,” Leno posted on Twitter. “It’s a bittersweet day but I am excited to see where this next chapter takes me.”

Leno, 29, started 93 consecutive games over the past six seasons with the Bears but became expendable when the team picked Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.

Leno, a seventh-round longshot drafted 246th overall in 2014, played in 102 games overall (94 starts) for Chicago. He didn’t miss a snap in four of the past five seasons, and he played 99 percent of the snaps during his Pro Bowl season in 2018.

“I will always be rooting for the young guys to succeed in the league,” Leno wrote on Twitter. “That was me years ago. This is just part of the business. Thanks Bears fans.”

Leno carried an $11.3 million cap hit for the 2021 season, per Spotrac. According to NFL Network, his release will be designated as a post-June 1 cut, which will free up $9 million in cap space and leave only $2.3 million in dead money.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2020; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA;  Oklahoma State Cowboys offensive lineman Teven Jenkins (73) blocks Texas Longhorns defensive lineman Moro Ojomo (98) during the fourth quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Texas won 41-34. Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State OL Jenkins declares for NFL draft

Oklahoma State right tackle Teven Jenkins declared for the 2021 NFL Draft on Monday and will skip the rest of the season.

The 6-foot-6, 320-pound redshirt senior is projected to be the Cowboys’ first offensive lineman taken in the first round since Russell Okung (No. 6 overall) by the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.

Jenkins did not play Saturday when No. 23 Oklahoma State (6-2, 5-2 Big 12) defeated visiting Texas Tech, 50-44.

“This past week has left me with a lot of decisions to make for my future and family,” Jenkins posted on social media. “With this being said, I have decided to forgo the rest of the season and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.”

Jenkins started the first seven games this season and appeared in 44 games (35 starts) since 2017. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches in 2018 and 2019.

–Field Level Media