In a season in which he lost four games to his suspension, Freeman finished the season strong by posting at least nine tackles in each of his last four games. He'll enter the second year of a four-year contract with the
In his return from a four-game suspension, Freeman recorded at least nine tackles for the fourth time in his last five games, and he'll continue to be a strong IDP option in Week 17 against the Vikings.
Freeman was activated from the exempt list Friday.
Freeman had been on the exempt list while he was serving his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's PED policy. The Bears waited a week to activate Freeman so that he could practice with the team and get back into the swing of things. He'll be active and expected to play in Saturday's game against Washington.
Freeman returned from his four-game suspension Monday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Freeman was suspended for a violation of the NFL's PED policy following Week 11. At the time, Freeman was among the top tacklers in the league, and his return will boost a Bears run defense that got gashed for 226 ground yards by the usually-ineffective Packers in Week 15.
Freeman has been suspended four games for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
Freeman's ban comes down one week after Alshon Jeffery was cited for the same reason. Among the top 5 in the NFL with 91 tackles, Freeman has reached double-digit stops in four of 10 games this season, while adding three passes defended and one forced fumble. With Freeman sidelined, Nick Kwiatkoski will likely fill in for the five-year veteran at inside linebacker.
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