Leonard Floyd on track to ditch the club on his hand Sunday against Arizona


Leonard Floyd is on track to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals without a club on his right hand, though the Bears outside linebacker will still have a smaller brace on it. 

Floyd met with Bears trainers on Wednesday and it was determined he could practice this week without the protective club wrapped around his hand and fingers, which resembled a Q-Tip. Floyd’s new brace allows him the use of his fingers, which should benefit what he can do as a pass rusher. 

“It will help him,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “He’s still not 100 percent. He’s still got a thing in his palm that will restrict him some.”

Fangio has been candid about Floyd being limited by the club in Weeks 1 and 2, and Floyd’s snap count decreased from 46 against the Packers (77 percent) to 39 against the Seahawks (59 percent). Floyd only has one pressure in 48 pass rushing snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, and hasn’t capitalized on the extra attention sent by opposing teams toward Khalil Mack. 

Fangio, though, isn’t concerned with Floyd’s lack of production and saw the third-year former first-round pick do some good things while inhibited by that club. 

“I think in light of the circumstances that he’s played with, with one hand, he’s done fine,” Fangio said. “To come to any conclusions about his play over the first two games would be not very prudent.” 

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