While the Bears are still assessing the hamstring injuries to Major Wright and Chris Williams, there may be more concern about the rookie safety than left tackle based on his post-injury reaction.
In the first quarter, on a punt return, Wright hustled from the middle of the field toward the left sideline, attempting to prevent Dez Bryant's 62-yard touchdown. But, around the 15-yard line, Wright pulled up and hopped a few times. Then, he slowly walked toward the Bears' sideline, barely putting any pressure on his left leg.
The hamstring is a muscle that connects the pelvis and lower leg.
"It's a primary accelerator," said Dr. David Thorson, who works with the U.S. Ski Team. "When track stars pull up lame after the start, they pull their hamstring."
Thorson said the three grades of hamstring strains are very clear. The first is an aggravation, and an athlete is day to day. The second is a partial tear and the third is a complete tear.
Thorson has unique insight; he tore three-quarters of his hamstring during a water skiing incident.
"I couldn't even get out of the water," he said.
Thorson said Wright couldn't have a complete tear because he wouldn't have been able to move on his own. Third-degree injuries are rare, Thorson said, and can threaten an athlete's career.
Then, based on his slow movement, Wright may have suffered a second-degree strain. The timetable for recovery is two to six weeks, depending on where the partial tear took place. If it was high, closer to the pelvis, it would take longer, Thorson said.
"You have to let the muscle heal. Then once it heals, you have to stretch and strengthen," Thorson said.
Wright wasn't available for comment after the game. But Williams was seen walking around the locker room Sunday.