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Bears’ Lucas Patrick to miss time with broken thumb: Source

Bears center Lucas Patrick will miss time with a broken right thumb, a league source confirmed to The Athletic.

He left Thursday’s practice with the injury, and there is no official timetable for his return. Patrick does have a history of playing through injuries.

The Bears signed Patrick this offseason to be their starting center after spending the first five seasons of his career with the Packers. He quickly became a leader for the offensive line and someone the team figured to rely upon this season to solidify the unit in front of Justin Fields.

Sixth-round rookie center Doug Kramer replaced Patrick with the starting offensive line and could be in line for those reps throughout the rest of camp and the preseason until the veteran returns. The Bears could also consider Sam Mustipher, the starting center from 2021, but he’s mainly been working at right guard.

Patrick had asserted himself in the building and welcomed the opportunity to be a full-time starter in Chicago, winning over the fan base (and his colleagues) with his news conference after being signed. The Bears signed veterans Riley Reiff (left tackle) and Michael Schofield (right guard) this week to bring more experience to the room, but Patrick is expected to be the leader of the group.

(Photo: Jay Biggerstaff  / USA Today)

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