The Bears released Randle (hamstring) from injured reserve Tuesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Randle landed on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury during training camp, but had health permitted, the wideout likely wouldn't have earned a spot on the Bears' 53-man roster. Since the injury wasn't anything that was expected to sideline Randle for the bulk of the season, the Bears elected to let him become a free agent, allowing him to sign with any team once he's back to full strength.
Randle was placed on IR Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Randle was placed on IR to make room on the roster for kicker Roberto Aguayo, who was just claimed off waivers. Notably, the veteran receiver was already facing long odds of making the roster due to a crowded field at the position. The move hints that Randle may have even less fantasy value that previously anticipated, and that he'll likely struggle to make it onto the field this season.
Randle caught both of his targets for 18 yards Thursday against the Broncos.
Randle played with the third-string offense, but showed some chemistry with Mitch Trubisky, as the quarterback connected with him on a pair of roll outs. He just missed scoring on his second catch, as he caught a slant inside the five-yard line before being stopped inches from the goal line. He's still far from a lock to make the final roster, but at least he's had a positive start to the preseason.
After playing four seasons with the Giants, Randle signed with the Eagles before the 2016 campaign but was cut before the regular season. Although he posted 17 touchdowns and 2,347 yards over his final three seasons in New York, it was telling that he was unable to earn a roster spot on a team that desperately needed wide receiver help. However, this is a low-risk move for the Bears, and he should be given a chance to compete for a roster spot in 2017, but after not playing during the 2016 season, he'll be facing tough odds to make the regular season roster.
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