Fuller (knee) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN reports. Fuller's previous stint on IR ended Wednesday and the Bears simply placed him back on IR immediately, which means he won't be returning at any point during the final two weeks of the season. The 24-year-old was unable to make any appearances in 2016 while dealing with his knee rehabilitation and now heads into the offseason with two years remaining on his current contract with the Bears.
Fuller (knee) is unlikely to be activated from injured reserve by Wednesday's deadline, as he's been unable to string together enough positive days to make enough progress, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports. Fuller's level of desire seems to be a matter of concern, as the team has many players who consistently play through pain, such as cornerback Tracy Porter, who has his knee drained weekly. Fuller was expected to easily be healthy enough to play, especially since the team cleared him to return to practice on November 30, which opened a 21-day window in which he was allowed to be moved to the active roster. After a disappointing 2015 season that had him benched at one point, his inability to be ready to play this season will surely raise concerns about his role on the team in 2017.
Head coach John Fox said Fuller (knee) is practicing well and hasn't experienced any setbacks in his recovery from knee surgery. Fuller returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since being shelved on injured reserve in late September. However, it isn't certain when he may be able to play again. Nonetheless, the fact that he hasn't taken any steps backwards bodes well for his chances of playing again in 2016.
Fuller (knee) returned to practice Wednesday. This marks the first time Fuller has taken the practice field since landing on injured reserve in late September. Per league rules, the Bears now have a 21-day window in order to activate him to the active roster.
Head coach John Fox said Fuller (knee) will be reevaluated Wednesday to see if he should begin practicing, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports. Fuller hasn't played this season as he resides on injured reserve due to complications from mid-August arthroscopic knee surgery. If his knee checks out Wednesday and Fuller is cleared to practice and ultimately activated off IR, Kevin White's (fibula - IR) season would be over.