After suffering a ruptured patellar tendon in his knee last season, Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan was very candid about how a change in his offseason work habits hurt him in his debut campaign with the team.
Trevathan, who signed a four-year deal with $12 million in guaranteed money following a Super Bowl win with the Denver Broncos, admitted that he spent too much time celebrating the title instead of preparing for the coming season like he usually would.
“I was partying a little bit. I didn’t really do what I usually do, which is get right back to work,” he said. “I wasn’t myself, but it was a humbling experience, and thank God I have background people in my ear that are talking to me.”
Trevathan was on the field, albeit in a limited, fashion as the Bears got training camp underway on Thursday in Bourbonnais. The linebacker managed to avoid being put on the PUP list to start camp, and he’s eager to prove that his struggles in his first season in Chicago are behind him.
“I know I’m ahead of schedule,” he said. “I came back with a lot more juice because I didn’t play as well as I could last year. That made me hungry and that movitated me. “
Trevathan was more fortunate than linebacker Pernell McPhee, who was placed on the PUP list with a knee issue. The Bears’ coaching staff says that the injury isn’t related to his knee injuries from a season ago, but Trevathan is confident that his teammate will come back strong.
“Pernell is a dog and he’s going to push through whatever,” he said. “He’s going to work to get better, and that’s the type of person he is, and that’s why I came here. That’s the type of team this is.”