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Pernell McPhee | Linebacker | #92

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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 OLB Pernell McPhee (PUP) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday.
The Bears are calling it a cleanup procedure. The injury was discovered during McPhee's physical earlier this week. The Bears have yet to establish a timetable for his return, though knee scopes typically take between 2-4 weeks to recover from. McPhee suffered an injury to his other knee last season, causing him to miss seven games. Jul 28 - 2:31 PM

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Bears OLB Pernell McPhee (PUP) is dealing with a right knee issue after his left knee troubled him for most of 2016.

Coach John Fox said an "irregularity" was detected during McPhee's camp physical, and that he didn't even attempt the conditioning test. This being the Bears, they haven't publicly placed a timeline on his return. McPhee has been plagued by knee issues since signing with the Bears in 2015. He played just 273 snaps last season.
Jul 27 - 1:24 PM

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

McPhee dealt with knee issues in his first two seasons in Chicago as well. The Bears defense took big steps forward last season, and having a healthy McPhee should continue that progression.
Jul 27 - 9:59 AM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee says he's lost 25 pounds since last offseason.

Plagued by knee issues his first two years in Chicago, McPhee must be hoping less heft means less wear and tear. McPhee is listed at 273. He turned 28 in December. A healthy McPhee would be a big development for the Bears' front seven. He's currently recovering from shoulder surgery.
Apr 4 - 1:36 PM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder after the season.

The good news is the problem was not with his troublesome knee, but it is yet another injury for a player who has struggled to stay on the field since joining the Bears in 2015. The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs expects him to be ready for training camp, but the Bears will likely take it slow. Chicago has the makings of a dominant front seven, but they need McPhee to stay healthy.
Mar 23 - 9:40 AM

Bears activated LB Pernell McPhee (knee) from the PUP list.

McPhee will make his season debut Thursday against the Packers. He's been a limited participant at practice and may not see a full workload right away. McPhee recorded six sacks last year while earning PFF's fourth-highest grade among 3-4 outside linebackers.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 04:32:00 PM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee (knee, PUP) returned to practice on Friday.

McPhee is eligible to return in Week 7, and his return to practice at this stage of Week 6 suggests McPhee should be able to give it a go next week. Getting back McPhee will be a huge improvement to the Bears' below-average pass rush.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 01:57:00 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 07:31:00 PM'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.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 01:39:00 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
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 08:41:00 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
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 09:47:00 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.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 03:09:00 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.
Wed, Feb 24, 2016 06:08:00 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

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