Bears secondary gets thinner with safety Ryan Mundy on IR

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Chicago Bears free safety Ryan Mundy (21) intercepts a pass in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field in Chicago on Friday, August 8, 2014. (Chris Sweda/ Chicago Tribune)

CHICAGO – Maybe it was a premonition. Maybe it was just a bit of healthy training camp paranoia.

But despite having his best season in the NFL in 2014, Ryan Mundy was the most uncomfortable man in Bourbonnais when training camp started in late July.

“From my understanding it’s an open competition,” said Mundy to reporters on August 3rd. “This is training camp and there is competition at every level of the defense.”

Mundy figured to be right in the middle of it after a 103 tackle, four interception campaign last season. But his bad vibes during training camp would turn out to forecast the future of the safety.

On Sunday the Bears placed Mundy on season-ending Injured Reserve as they began to trim their roster to 75 players. A hip injury was enough for the Bears to shut him down just before the team’s final preseason game with the Browns on Thursday.

Already struggling with injuries, John Fox’s team now has to deal with a shortage of players in their defensive backfield. With Mundy out the Bears currently have just five safeties on their roster: Adrian Amos, Antrell Rolle, Brock Vereen, Sherrod Martin and Anthony Jefferson.

Rolle had eleven years of experience under him and was signed to be a starter and Martin has been around five years, but it’s a shortage of experience after that. Vereen has his one season with the Bears in 2014 while Amos and Jefferson are rookies.

During the preseason Amos has seen the majority of the snaps in place of Mundy has seven tackles in three games.