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Bears' Leonard Floyd confident he has fixed tackling technique

Bears' Leonard Floyd confident he has fixed tackling technique
Published On: Tue, Aug 01
Dec 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears Jay Cutler (6) looks to pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

As Leonard Floyd lay strapped to a backboard at MetLife Stadium last November, headed for an ambulance with the face mask cut from his helmet, the Bears' injury problems devolved from cruel joke to something more serious.

In an instant, Floyd's poor tackling technique had produced a stomach-turning scene familiar to the NFL. A player down, unable to move, and medical officials scurrying to follow precautions for a head and neck injury.

Floyd had erred in one of the most elementary tackling fundamentals: Keep your head up. See what you hit. Don't lead with the crown of the helmet.

And then, five weeks later, it happened again. Another head-down tackle. Another concussion. Another scare.

How was it possible that the ninth overall draft pick had not mastered Tackling 101?

For Floyd's personal well-being, not to mention the Bears' fortunes going forward, answering that question has been a top priority in 2017. And with the Bears scheduled Wednesday to practice in pads for the third time in training camp, Floyd and others close to him are confident he is equipped to tackle properly and protect himself.

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