Bears OLB Edebali Waiting For Good News

August 30, 2018 - 11:56 pm

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Rookies worked their way through a cramped back of the home locker room at Soldier Field late Thursday night as linebacker Kasim Edebali sat alone clutching his phone.

The 29-year-old Edebali, his preseason over after the Bears' 28-27 loss to the Bills, was left waiting to see a team trainer and learn the severity of his right leg injury. He will be waiting plenty more this weekend. Edebali will find out by Saturday at 3 pm CT if he has made the team's 53-man roster, and his wife is due with their child Sunday. 

Sure enough, the phone in his hand lit up with a FaceTime call from Phoenix. Before Edebali could be concerned with his own health, he had to wish his wife good night..

"I was most worried about my wife is due Sunday," Edebali said after being carted off Soldier Field. "I got to make that trip to be there with my wife. But that's football. Things like that can happen all the time."

Edebali is like so many men this preseason, fighting for not just his own career but for his family. He will be one of those difficult decisions that Bears general manager Ryan Pace and the front office have to make -- for better or for worse.

It all seemed uncertain with 14:20 remaining in the fourth quarter when Edebali went down with an injury on a touchdown run by Bills quarterback A.J. McCarron. Edebali needed two trainers to help carry him off the field and was immediately taken by cart to the locker room.

"It looked scarier than it was," Edebali said. 

At outside linebacker, the Bears ­must decide whether Aaron Lynch deserves a continued chance after missing the entire preseason with a hamstring injury, re-evaluate their confidence in young players like Isaiah Irving and Kylie Fitts and figure out the entire balance of sure handedness versus upside.

A four-year NFL veteran, Edebali likely fits somewhere in between. He has flashed potential during the preseason and seemed to have gained the trust of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio along the way. After playing for four teams in 2017, he would love to suit up this season with the Bears.

"I just want to continue showing the staff and showing my teammates that I can be accountable and make plays," Edebali said. "Obviously, if I look back, I always feel like I could do more. But I think I put some good film out there for the coaches to evaluate."

Edebali feels he proved himself in coverage -- which is an important part of the job for an outside linebacker in Fangio's defense -- but would've liked to show himself as a more disruptive rusher.

The Bears will measure his work this preseason and display from the past against an unproven group of outside linebackers and make a decision of whether Edebali should remain in Chicago.

When all the waiting is over and Edebali is back with his family, they can all hope for plenty of good news and reason to celebrate. 

"Hopefully, pray everything is good," he said, "And hopefully I can continue helping the team to make some plays."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.