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March 21, 2018 11:36 AM
Bears' John Timu: Remaining in Chicago
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Timu re-signed with the Bears on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

Timu failed to receive a qualifying offer from the Bears last week, making him an unrestricted free agent. However, the two sides have now reached an agreement, meaning the undrafted linebacker will remain in Chicago, where he has spent his first three seasons. Last year, Timu recorded 16 tackles (12 solo) and one pass defensed in 11 games, playing mostly in a special teams role.

March 16, 2018 01:08 PM
John Timu: Not retained by Bears
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Timu didn't receive a qualifying offer or minimum tender from the Bears and has become an unrestricted free agent, per the league's official transaction log.

It looks like Timu's time in Chicago is over after the undrafted Washington product spent the past three seasons with the Bears, accruing 59 tackles and two pass breakups in 29 games. Still only 25 years old, Timu should be able to find a job elsewhere this offseason as a reserve linebacker capable of providing utility on special teams.

November 8, 2017 09:28 PM
Bears' John Timu: Full participant Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Timu (ankle, knee) was a full participant at the Bears' practice Wednesday.

Timu has missed three consecutive games, but the team's bye week appears to have provided the necessary recovery time. The 25-year-old likely will serve as a reserve linebacker and special teams player if he can avoid a setback this week.

October 29, 2017 11:36 AM
Bears' John Timu: Inactive Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Timu (ankle/knee) is inactive for Sunday's tilt against New Orleans.

Timu will be missing his third consecutive game, but he'll benefit from a bye week next week as he looks to avoid missing a fourth straight game. Look for Christian Jones to see an uptick in snaps once again with Timu out.

October 27, 2017 02:44 PM
Bears' John Timu: Doubtful for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Timu (ankle/knee) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Saints, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.

Timu is set to miss his third consecutive game, but he'll benefit from the Week 9 bye and hopefully will be ready to take on Green Bay in Week 10. In his absence, expect Christian Jones to take over a majority of Timu's reserve snaps.

October 22, 2017 12:20 PM
Bears' John Timu: Inactive Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Timu (ankle, knee) is inactive for Sunday's Week 7 game against Carolina.

Timu was considered doubtful entering Sunday and it's unsurprising that he's been ruled out. Christian Jones will be in line for some extra snaps in Timu's absence.

October 21, 2017 12:40 PM
Bears' John Timu: Doubtful for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Timu (ankle, knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Timu is in danger of missing his second consecutive week, and with Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral) still questionable, he'd likely be missing a chance to log extra defensive snaps if he can't suit up. Expect Christian Jones to pick up the slack, though, leaving Timu to shift his focus to a Week 8 matchup against the Saints.

October 13, 2017 03:04 PM
Bears' John Timu: Ruled out for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Timu (ankle) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Timu is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks due to the high-ankle sprain he suffered Monday against the Vikings. Danny Trevathan will be returning from his one-game suspension Sunday and will slot back into his starting role.

October 11, 2017 09:00 PM
Bears' John Timu: Suffers high-ankle sprain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Timu will miss two to four weeks with a high-ankle sprain he suffered Monday against the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Timu only has played in three games this season, and Monday was the first time he logged more than 20 defensive snaps, racking up 42. He has posted 10 tackles (six solo) and one pass breakup so far. While he's out, expect Christian Jones and Jonathan Anderson to see an increase of snaps on defense.

October 9, 2017 10:40 PM
Bears' John Timu: Will not return with knee injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Timu sustained a knee injury against the Vikings on Monday and will not return, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Timu was seeing an increased role in the absence of Danny Trevathan (suspension) on Monday night prior to exiting with the injury. The 25-year-old's status will likely be updated post-game or Tuesday as he is further evaluated.

October 6, 2017 04:40 PM
Bears' John Timu: In line to start Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said that Timu will handle play-calling duties in the defensive huddle during Monday's game against the Vikings, Adam Hoge of WGN Radio 720 AM reports.

This news essentially confirms that Timu will start at middle linebacker in place of Danny Trevathan, who will serve a one-game suspension for his illegal hit to the head of the Packers' Davante Adams on Sept. 28. With Trevathan eligible to return in the Bears' subsequent contest Oct. 15, Timu's stint in a starting role will likely be a brief one, but he'll have a solid opportunity to pile up the tackles in Week 5.

September 23, 2017 04:00 PM
John Timu: Promoted to active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Timu was promoted to the 53-man roster Saturday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Given the Bears' injuries up to this point, it's not surprise Timu was activated. What would be a surprise, however, is if he's asked to contribute from the defensive side of the ball Sunday. Currently, Timu projects to function as a special teams asset for the foreseeable future.

January 11, 2016 12:04 PM
Bears' John Timu: Leads team with eight tackles in Week 17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Timu led the Bears with eight tackles in the team's Week 17 loss to the Lions.

Timu ascended into the starting lineup over the final three games of the season and was able to make the most of the opportunity, recording 23 tackles. While Shea McClellin looks like a strong candidate to return as a starter at one of the middle linebacker spots in 2016, the remaining spot could be up for grabs between Timu, Christian Jones, and any other candidates the front office may elect to bring in this offseason.

December 20, 2015 12:08 PM
Bears' John Timu: Gets first career start Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Timu will start at one of the inside linebacker spots in Sunday's game against the Vikings, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Timu, who was brought was signed off the practice squad earlier this month, will get a chance to make his first NFL start. He'll replace the disappointing Christian Jones, whose inconsistent play this season has rankled the coaching staff.

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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-0/246
Birthdate:
8/27/1992
Age:
28
Hometown:
Long Beach, CA, USA
School:
Washington
NFL Experience:
4
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