Bears' Lynch Working Back From Hamstring Injury

Signed to a one-year deal, Aaron Lynch has missed the entire preseason.

Chris Emma
August 23, 2018 - 4:01 pm

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears outside linebacker Aaron Lynch is fed up with bicycles.

Signed to a one-year contract this past offseason and asked to prove himself to the Bears, Lynch has been hurt all throughout the preseason and spent far too many periods of practice riding an endurance stationary bike to build strength in his injured hamstring.

"Yeah, that thing sucks," Lynch said.

It's safe to say Lynch was thrilled to be off the bike at Halas Hall on Thursday as he took part in practice for the first time since the spring offseason program. He had a helmet strapped on for parts of work and was showing better health in the hamstring with increased movement.

Lynch still has more steps ahead before he can rejoin the Bears' defense at full speed, and that starts with regaining game shape. But coach Matt Nagy is pleased to see progress.

"We have a good plan with conditioning him and doing some things," Nagy said. "You also want to be able to push guys, too, and make sure they’re pushing themselves, and you’re not just letting them slide. He hasn’t done that, and I don’t think we’ve done that."

Lynch has been limited during three portions of his time with the Bears since signing, twice with a hamstring ailment and once dealing with a knee issue. He posted a combined 13.5 sacks in his first two NFL seasons but just a combined 2.5 sacks the two years since. 

The Bears could use the presence of Lynch on their defense after losing outside linebacker Leonard Floyd to a hand fracture. Floyd hasn't returned to practice yet and while the team is optimistic that he could suit up for the regular-season opener, he would likely be limited by a cast.

If Lynch can find himself with the first-team defense, the Bears hope he can add a pass-rushing presence at outside linebacker.

"You see yourself going full speed like that on the bike but you can't go full speed like that on the field with your guys," Lynch said. "So it's kind of frustrating. But you can only control what you can control."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.