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The 2022 NFL preseason is only days old, but the Chicago Bears still don’t seem to be able to catch a break.

Chicago medical staff carted starting center Lucas Patrick off the practice field on Thursday, July 28, just days after the Bears started training camp, per The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain and Adam Jahns.

The details of the injury were not given, aside from confirming Patrick’s right hand is the affected area. However, ESPN’s Field Yates broke some disturbing news on Friday about the nature of Patrick’s health condition.

“Bears head coach Matt Eberflus announced this launch [center] Lucas Patrick injured his right hand early in training camp and there is no timeline for his return.” Yates tweeted.

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The loss of Patrick is big news for the Bears, even bigger given how high Chicago’s new general manager Ryan Poles ranks in the offensive lineman — a man after his own heart.

The franchise signed Patrick to a two-year, $8 million deal that included a $2,965,000 signing bonus and $4 million to anchor the offensive line at center position.

“I see him as a center,” Poles said via the Bears team website in March. “He has the ability to play guard but I think the best position is in the middle. Anytime you have people who can be flexible, you may need to address a few things. But that’s where he’ll start and we’ll see how it goes.”

Chicago had the NFL’s worst offensive line in pass protection last year, allowing 58 quarterback sacks in 17 regular-season games, according to StatMuse. The Poles noted that Patrick was made to address this deficiency and bring a specific and necessary attitude to the Bears’ offensive front.

Patrick will enter his sixth year in the NFL in 2022, having spent the first five campaigns of his career protecting four-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers as a member of the Green Bay Packers.

Patrick has appeared in 73 out of a possible 81 career games, according to the Pro Football Reference. He became a starter with the Packers in 2020 and has started 28 of 33 regular-season games for Green Bay as a guard over the past two seasons.

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