The Chicago Bears produced the NFL's eighth-best passing defense last season, but they're down a man heading into 2013.
Cornerback Kelvin Hayden will miss the entire season with a torn hamstring, the team announced Wednesday. The eight-year pro will undergo surgery, stripping the Bears of their presumed nickel man. Hayden accounted for 37 tackles and an interception last season in two starts. He got 472 snaps -- mostly in defensive subpackages -- and that number was likely to increase in 2013.
Hayden, who signed a one-year contract in the offseason, won't be easy to replace. Zack Bowman, entering his sixth season, is a logical fill-in. The Bears also have Sherrick McManis, Isaiah Frey, C.J. Wilson and Demontre Hurst at corner.
UPDATE: In other injury news, the team announced wide receiver Earl Bennett has a concussion and won't play in Friday's preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers. The starting slot receiver now has been diagnosed with two concussions in the past nine months.The Around The League Podcast is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.