The Bears waived Carey (wrist) on Friday after both parties came to terms on an injury settlement, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Carey underwent wrist surgery in mid-August, which was expected to keep him sidelined for six weeks. He was going to be forced to sit on the Bears' IR for the remainder of the season if both sides could not come to terms on a settlement. The running back will now be free to find a new opportunity once his health allows it.
The move isn't exactly surprising after Carey underwent surgery on his wrist in late August. The 25-year-old was expected to miss about six weeks and is not eligible to return from IR, since he didn't officially make the 53-man roster.
Carey underwent wrist surgery and is expected to miss about six weeks, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Carey was assumed to be in a battle for a roster spot with Jeremy Langford going into the preseason and this injury certainly won't help Carey's chances to win this job battle. Even if he makes the team, he's expected to be buried on the depth chart behind Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen and Bennie Cunningham, so his fantasy value is quite limited.
Carey rushed six times for seven yards while catching both of his targets for an additional 13 yards Saturday against the Cardinals.
Carey saw playing time with both the starters and backups, but he averaged just 1.2 yards per carry. His biggest play of the game was when he caught a screen pass and turned it into an 18-yard gain. The veteran appears to be in a battle for a roster spot, in his performance over the next two weeks will ultimately decide his fate with the team.
Carey (thigh) is expected to play in Saturday's preseason game in Arizona.
Carey suffered some sort of thigh injury in the preseason opener against the Broncos and subsequently missed out on some practice time this week. However, it seems he's good to go, so Carey should serve as the No. 2 runner Saturday with Jordan Howard (eye) and Jeremy Langford (ankle) on the shelf.
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