Around the League

Presented By

Kelvin Hayden tears hamstring, will miss Bears' season

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.

Brooks: Chicago hope

Bucky Brooks explains how new Bears boss Marc 

Trestman will maximize Jay 

Cutler and Matt Forte in an avant-garde attack. More ...

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.

Coach Marc Trestman's first training camp has been relatively injury-free, but the Bears now have some shuffling to do on defense.

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.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content

gamepasswhite_horiz (1)

See all the Action

Replay every game all season.