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Pernell McPhee | Linebacker | #92

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/17/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 273
College: Mississippi State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (165) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Bears placed OLB Pernell McPhee (knee) on the reserve/PUP list.
One of the reasons the Ravens didn't re-sign McPhee was due to a history of knee problems. They've reappeared in Chicago, relegating McPhee to a rotational role last season, yet he still piled up 53 tackles and six sacks. The loss of McPhee further damages a pass defense that is as weak as any in the sport. Per reserve/PUP rules, McPhee will be eligible to return in Week 7. Sep 3 - 7:31 PM

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Date:'s Ian Rapoport confirms Bears OLB Pernell McPhee (knee) is in danger of beginning the season on the reserve/PUP list.

McPhee supposedly underwent a "scope" early in the offseason, but the procedure was almost certainly more serious. McPhee would have been back on the practice months ago had he really undergone arthroscopic surgery. The Bears' pass rush is looking dangerously thin to begin the year.
Aug 30 - 1:39 PM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee (knee) is still on the active/PUP list.

GM Ryan Pace did not seem concerned about McPhee's Week 1 availability earlier this month, but he remains on the PUP less than two weeks from the start of the regular season. Always forthcoming with injury news, coach John Fox said, "When he’s healthy we’ll have him out there." Fox did acknowledge the reserve/PUP is a possibility, one that becomes larger with every missed practice.
Source: ESPN
Aug 30 - 8:41 AM

Bears GM Ryan Pace did not seem worried about OLB Pernell McPhee (knee, active/PUP).

"We want him ready for the regular season," Pace said. "We don’t want to rush him into this preseason. So it’s like taking a patient approach to have him for the long haul." McPhee has yet to practice in training camp after undergoing an offseason knee scope, but there is no reason (yet) to question his availability for Week 1. If McPhee stays healthy and Leonard Floyd makes a smooth transition to the NFL, the Bears should have a much-improved pass rush this season.
Source: WGN Radio
Aug 18 - 9:47 AM

Bears placed OLB Pernell McPhee (knee) on the active/PUP list.

McPhee is recovering from an offseason knee scope. He may not play in any preseason games. McPhee was limited much of the second half of last season after signing a big contract and notched just six sacks.
Jul 27 - 3:09 PM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee is recovering from an offseason knee scope.

McPhee missed only two games, but was limited throughout last year. He recorded six sacks despite playing under 47 percent of snaps in the second half. McPhee's status for OTAs is questionable, but he should be ready for training camp. The Bears are still counting on 27-year-old McPhee to key their pass rush.
Feb 24 - 6:08 PM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee could have arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome left knee after the season.

McPhee has missed several games and been limited in others over the second half of the season, but he plans to gut it out the last two weeks despite Chicago being out of the playoff picture. McPhee had a cleanup procedure on the knee before training camp began this summer, and he is likely headed for a similar procedure this offseason. McPhee has been stuck on five sacks since Week 8.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 10:42:00 AM

Bears coach John Fox said the team is not ready to shut down OLB Pernell McPhee (knee).

McPhee has missed two games and played limited snaps in others while dealing with a lingering knee injury. DC Vic Fangio hinted McPhee is going to be limited by the injury the rest of the season, and it does not make much sense for the Bears to push him with the playoffs already lost. Despite Fox's comments, it would not be surprising if McPhee landed on injured reserve.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 08:37:00 AM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee has been limited by a knee injury.

McPhee missed Week 10 with the injury and has played limited snaps the last three games. "I think what we’ve gotten out of him the last few weeks is about all we could expect right now," DC Vic Fangio said. The Bears defense has been steadily improving, but a healthy McPhee would still represent a big boost. Unfortunately for Chicago, it sounds like McPhee will be limited the rest of the season.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 12:05:00 PM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee (knee, wrist) is active for Week 2 against the Cardinals.

McPhee tweaked his knee in Wednesday's practice, but is ready to help the Bears' woefully undermanned pass rush.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 11:41:00 AM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee (knee/wrist) is questionable for Week 2 against the Cardinals.

McPhee appeared to suffer a knee injury in Wednesday's practice and was held out of both Thursday's and Friday's sessions. The always verbose John Fox offered a detailed explanation of the injury. "He was held out," Fox said. It appears McPhee will not play, which will render the Bears' already terrible pass rush even more impotent. Carson Palmer should have ample time to shred the Bears' secondary.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 06:12:00 PM

Bears agreed to terms with OLB Pernell McPhee on a five-year, $39 million contract.

The deal includes nearly $16 million in guarantees. McPhee played behind Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil last year, but still posted 7.5 sacks, 64 quarterback pressures and 24 quarterback hits while lining up everywhere from nose tackle to defensive end. He was PFF's No. 2 3-4 OLB, behind only Justin Houston. It's an excellent get for the Bears, who now have themselves a difference-maker for a defense that was ranked 30th in both 2013 and 2014.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 09:21:00 AM

NBC Washington reports the Cardinals view free agent OLB Pernell McPhee as a "healthy replacement" for Darnell Dockett.

McPhee has been mostly an outside linebacker the last two seasons, but can rush the passer from multiple spots. In Arizona, he would offer the potential to play both end and edge rusher opposite Alex Okafor. McPhee is expected to approach $10 million annually on the open market.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 03:56:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora expects the Colts to be "very involved" on free agent OLB Pernell McPhee.

McPhee's market is going to be scorching hot if we're to believe everything we've read over the past couple weeks. A versatile lineman who has the ability to rush off the edge, play with his hand in the dirt, and even push the pocket from the interior, McPhee is expected to approach $10 million annually on his new contract. Owner Jim Irsay has never been afraid to overpay, and the Colts badly need pass-rush juice off the edge. The Ravens-to-Colts connection is strong.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 02:42:00 PM

Commenting on free agent OLB Pernell McPhee, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said "we can't pay everybody market value."

It's as telling of a comment as you will ever hear from a general manager. Barring an unexpectedly soft market, McPhee will be walking in free agency. NFL sources have told the Baltimore Sun McPhee will command in the area of $8-10 million annually.
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 02:55:00 PM

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