Pineiro (groin) failed to see the field in 2020 after landing on injured reserve on September 8. At first, Pineiro was expected to have a realistic chance to return to action after a three-week stint on injured reserve had concluded, but with Cairo Santos proving to be a reliable kicking option for the Bears, Pineiro was never activated. With his contract having expired, he'll hit unrestricted free agency, and after making 82 percent of his field goals in 2019, he'll likely have a solid chance of earning a kicking job for 2021.
Coach Matt Nagy doesn't think Pineiro (groin) will be ready to play against the Colts in Week 4, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports. Chicago would need to remove Pineiro from IR before he can play, and Cairo Santos will continue to fill in as long as Pineiro remains sidelined. The Bears have a short week before facing the Buccaneers on Thursday in Week 5, so Pineiro will be hard-pressed to heal up in time for that one.
The Bears placed Pineiro (groin) on injured reserve Tuesday. The NFL's new IR rules for 2020 will allow the Bears to activate Pineiro after he sits out three games, so if he moves past the groin injury by the end of September, he could be ready to step back in as the team's kicker beginning in Week 4 against the Colts. In the interim, the Bears are expected to promote Cairo Santos from the practice squad to handle kicking duties.
Pineiro (groin) didn't attempt field goals during the media portion of training camp practices Saturday and is unlikely to be available for at least Week 1, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports. With Cairo Santos expected to be released, the Bears could try to bring him back on the practice squad so that he can replace Pineiro to start the season. In addition, if the team desires to move Pineiro to injured reserve and bring him back during the season, it must wait until Monday to make that move. For now, Pineiro is not a recommended fantasy option unless his situation is resolved and he's back on the field as the starting kicker.
Head coach Matt Nagy hinted that the Bears could roster both Pineiro (groin) and Cairo Santos, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Nagy didn't confirm whether this meant both would be on the active roster or if one would be on the practice squad, but it likely means Pineiro is sticking in Chicago regardless of how the competition against Santos plays out. Even with Pineiro's injury, he's regarded as the No. 1 kicker for the time being.
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