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Bears OLB Pernell McPhee Could Open Season On PUP List

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Bears OLB Pernell McPhee¬†(knee) “faces the real prospect” of opening¬†the 2016 season on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games.

  • Rapoport adds that McPhee’s rehab from a knee injury has been slow thus far.

McPhee is currently on the active/PUP list, so transferring him to the reserve list would actually free up a roster spot ahead of the upcoming 53-man roster deadline.

McPhee, 27, is in the second year of his five-year, $38.75 million contract. The deal contains $15.5 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $7 million for the 2016 season.

In 2015, McPhee appeared in 14 games for the Bears and recorded 53 tackles, six sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and three pass defenses.