Photos from Bears OTA practice at Halas Hall on June 6, 2017.
quarterback Connor Shaw was in Kentucky, in his BMW and headed back towards South Carolina last week when he got the call he wasn’t expecting.
Shaw had been informed by the Bears earlier in the morning on May 30 that he was being waived. So away he went, driving from Lake Forest toward the Palmetto State. Shaw was south of Lexington, he said, when Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains called with news: Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez had injured his left knee. Shaw was needed back at Halas Hall.
“I told him I would turn around,” Shaw said.
The timing of Sanchez’s injury was somewhat fortunate for the Bears. The transaction couldn’t be officially processed by the NFL office until 3 p.m. that day. So the Bears were able to rescind the move, keeping Shaw off the waiver wire and under contract — even if it meant all that extra mileage on his wheels.
Shaw was back with the team for organized team activities last week and spoke about his rare ordeal with reporters after Tuesday’s practice.
“You’ve just got to refocus your mind,” Shaw said. “You’ve got to get back into the routine of things and compete. (It would be the same) even if I were on a different squad. I’m very fortunate to be here, to be a Chicago Bear. But you just go back to second nature when you start playing football.”
It’s hard to say how much longer Shaw’s time with the Bears will last.
Sanchez is expected back for training camp when the Bears report to Bourbonnais the last week of July. And it stands to reason that the team would then go back to its three quarterback plan with Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky and Sanchez splitting reps. But for now, Shaw is sticking around and well aware of the unpredictable nature of his career.
“You can’t rule out anything in this league,” he said. “You’ve just got to stay ready and stay on your toes.”