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Shea McClellin | Linebacker

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 245
College: Boise State
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Bears LB Shea McClellin (hand) will not play in Sunday's Week 4 game against the Packers.
It will be McClellin's second straight game out after breaking his hand in practice last week. Jon Bostic started in place of McClellin and played every snap in the Bears' Week 3 win over the Jets. He'll again be in that role. The Bears are banged up at linebacker, safety and corner right now -- never a good thing when getting set to face Aaron Rodgers. Sep 25 - 8:04 AM

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Shea McClellin opened training camp as the Bears' starting strong-side linebacker.

Jon Bostic practiced with the twos at Mike 'backer, behind D.J. Williams. McClellin is being backed up by impressive UDFA Christian Jones, with Lance Briggs healthy at weak-side linebacker. Expect improvement from Chicago's 2014 defense with its health restored and several impact offseason additions.
Jul 25 - 3:23 PM

ESPN Bears reporter Michael C. Wright does not believe SLB Shea McClellin will win a starting linebacker spot.

After converting him from defensive end, the Bears have McClellin competing with Jon Bostic for the SLB job and D.J. Williams at MLB. Wright does not believe McClellin wins either battle. Chicago needs athletes on the field improve on its league-worst run defense, and McClellin is one of the better ones they have. He should see lots of snaps this season regardless of his starting status.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 9:48 AM

Shea McClellin dropped 11 pounds in the offseason in preparation for his switch to linebacker.

McClellin looks like a new man. He's down to 252 pounds, saw his forty time quicken from 4.74 to 4.50, and dropped a ton of bad weight, getting his body fat percentage down from 18 to 10. McClellin spent the winter in California training, working on his drops, getting stronger, and building up his confidence. The Bears plan to work the 2012 first-rounder at strong-side linebacker.
Apr 22 - 11:30 AM

The Bears will work former DE Shea McClellin at both strong-side and middle linebacker this offseason.

The only secure linebacker position in Chicago is on the weak side, where Lance Briggs is locked in. The other two spots are up for grabs. McClellin was a bust at defensive end, but GM Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman are confident he'll contribute on the second level. He'll emerge onto the IDP radar if he wins the middle linebacker job, but is most likely ticketed for "Sam."
Feb 20 - 4:06 PM

The Chicago Tribune confirms 2012 first-round pick Shea McClellin will convert to strong-side linebacker this offseason.

After failing as a pass-rush specialist, the Bears hope to salvage McClellin's career as a stand-up linebacker, where GM Phil Emery believes he can upgrade the team's run defense. Chicago's hope is McClellin will make like Seahawks DE-turned-SLB Bruce Irvin and allow the Bears to field as many athletes on defense as possible. McClellin mostly played with his hand up at Boise State.
Jan 29 - 10:31 PM

Coach Marc Trestman suggested Shea McClellin could be moved to linebacker.

McClellin has been unproductive since the Bears took him 19th overall in 2012, compiling 6.5 sacks as a rotational rusher in 28 games. Trestman thinks he could play some SAM linebacker in a 4-3, while GM Phil Emery said he hopes McClellin can progress like Rob Ninkovich and Jason Babin did. It's certainly not all on McClellin, but the once proud Bears defense finished the season 30th in the league.
Jan 2 - 11:41 AM

Bears LE Shea McClellin (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 10 against the Lions.

It's another big blow to Chicago's run defense; McClellin has been the team's every-down starting left end and GM Phil Emery recently praised McClellin publicly for his run stoppage. The Bears are already without DT Henry Melton, and RE Julius Peppers has struggled all year. Fire up Reggie Bush in Week 10.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 02:10:00 PM

Bears DE Shea McClellin has been battling plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

It must not be a severe case because McClellin has been active in OTAs and the team expects him to participate in this week's minicamp. The No. 19 overall pick in last year's draft missed two games last season, but neither absence was due to foot woes. McClellin finished with just 2.5 sacks as a situational rusher.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 08:12:00 AM

Bears DE Shea McClellin has gained 5-7 pounds of muscle since the end of last season.

McClellin was listed at 260 pounds as a rookie. It's safe to say he's not bulking up in anticipation of a move to middle linebacker. Asked whether he views McClellin as a starter, new DC Mel Tucker was coy. "He'll get what he earns." McClellin doesn't project as a starter for 2013.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 03:27:00 PM

Bears GM Phil Emery says 2012 first-round pick Shea McClellin will remain at defensive end.

There's been talk of moving McClellin to middle linebacker if free agent Brian Urlacher moves on, but Emery doesn't want to hear it. "Right now he is a d-end. He will remain at d-end." McClellin produced just 2.5 sacks as a situational rusher behind Julius Peppers and free agent Israel Idonije last season.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 11:24:00 AM

Bears DE Shea McClellin has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL.

McClellin left Sunday's game against the Vikings in the first half and was unable to return. The reeling Bears "hope" their first-round rookie will be able to play in a Week 15 showdown with the Packers. McClellin came into Week 14 with 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks on the season.
Sun, Dec 9, 2012 09:41:00 PM

Bears DE Shea McClellin left Sunday's game with a knee injury.

He's questionable to return for the second half. The Bears have been using the rookie first-rounder as a "joker" of late, moving him around the formation.
Sun, Dec 9, 2012 02:43:00 PM

Bears rookie DE Shea McClellin (concussion) has been cleared to resume practicing.

He'll be ready to roll for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Chicago's first-round pick has nine tackles and 2.5 sacks through his first nine career games.
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 01:33:00 PM

Bears rookie DE Shea McClellin's (concussion) Week 11 status is uncertain.

McClellin sustained a serious concussion while at Boise State, so the Bears could exercise extreme caution here. If he's out, preseason standout Cheta Ozougwu could get a chance against the Niners on Monday night. McClellin, the No. 19 overall pick, has 2.5 sacks and nine tackles as a rotational end.
Wed, Nov 14, 2012 08:43:00 AM

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