The Bears released Demps (arm) on Monday.
The Bears' decision to cut Demps and fellow veteran Pernell McPhee (shoulder) freed up more than $10 million in cap space for 2018. The 32-year-old safety was limited to just three appearances with the Bears last season due to a broken left arm, prompting Chicago to move on from Demps just one offseason after inking him to a three-year, $13.5 million contract. Barring any major additions to the secondary in free agency or the draft, Chicago should enter the upcoming campaign with Adrian Amos and Eddie Jackson as its starting safeties.
Demps (arm) will revert to injured reserve after not being activated before Thursday's deadline, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Demps was originally put on IR after fracturing his arm in Week 3. He returned to practice two weeks ago, but he's still dealing with nerve issues in his arm and will therefore return to IR. Demps logged 12 tackles in three games with the Bears this season.
Demps (arm) said he doesn't expected to be activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the 49ers, Adam Hoge of WGN Radio 720 AM Chicago reports.
Demps first resumed practicing Thursday, and with a full 21 days to evaluate his condition before deciding if he'll be added to the 53-man roster or kept on injured reserve the rest of the season, the Bears will likely take things slowly with the veteran safety. With a career-high six interceptions to go with 55 tackles in 13 games last season with the Texans, Demps could have some IDP appeal down the stretch if he rejoins the Bears with a prominent secondary role in hand.
Demps is set to practice Thursday for the first time since Week 3, when he was ultimately forced to injured reserve after fracturing his arm in a win over the Steelers. The Bears will have 21 days to evaluate Demps during practice before determining if he's fit for a return to game action. His potential activation could prove helpful to a Bears safety corps that has two members of the active roster, Adrian Amos (hamstring) and Deandre Houston-Carson (ankle), banged up heading into Sunday's matchup with the 49ers.
Demps (arm) was placed on injured reserve Friday.
Demps, who joined the Bears on a three-year deal this offseason, started three games at strong safety before breaking his arm in Week 3 against the Steelers. There's a chance the veteran could be activated from IR later on this season, but that's far from certain. As it stands, Demps will finish his first season in Chicago with 12 tackles to his name.
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