The Bears made it official Friday by placing edge rusher Khalil Mack on the season-ending injured reserve. The team announced that Mack will undergo foot surgery next week, confirming a report earlier in the day.
“With him, it’s been the last couple of weeks, just trying to get it right,” coach Matt Nagy said via Larry Mayer from the team’s website. “I think we did everything so far as trying to attack it the right way with him and I know he has spent a lot of time and energy trying to get back and see where things are. But this is where we are.
“I know he’s frustrated because he’s such a competitor. But this is the best thing for him and the best situation to be able to help him and get it sorted out.”
The six-time Pro Bowler was injured in Week 3, but played through the next four games before missing two more games. He finishes the season with 19 tackles, six sacks and six tackles for losses.
The Bears did not announce a similar move, but Nagy said there is a “strong possibility” the team will activate safety Deon Bush next to injured reserve in time to play Sunday against the Ravens. Bush has missed the past three games after injuring his October 17 quad in a loss to the Packers.