Royal (toe) was released by the Bears on Thursday.
Royal's release has been anticipated for some time after it was reported in March that the team was waiting to release him until he could pass a physical. It's likely that he's nearly recovered from his December toe surgery, which is why he was finally let go. The veteran wideout will turn 31 later this month and likely still has enough in the tank to be a contributor for another club.
The Bears are expected to release Royal (toe) once he can pass a physical, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Royal had surgery in late December to repair a turf toe injury, finishing his second season in Chicago with 33 catches for 369 yards and a pair of touchdowns in nine games. He's been an effective slot receiver for the Bears when healthy, but his age (30) and 2017 base salary ($5 million) seemingly make him a poor fit for the rebuilding Chicago offense. Assuming the toe heals as expected, Royal shouldn't have much trouble finding another job as a slot specialist and potential return man. It's unclear when he'll be able to pass a physical.
Royal (toe) completed the season with 33 receptions for 369 yards and two touchdowns while playing in nine games before being placed on injured reserve on December 19.
Royal had posted at least 43 yards in five of six games to start the season before struggling through injuries that eventually led to him being shut down for the season. He'll be under contract with the Bears in 2017, and he'll likely compete for a role as a slot receiver. His fantasy value will eventually depend upon him being able to earn a significant role with the team.
According to Bears coach John Fox, Royal (toe) will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
Royal missed the past three games due to a lingering toe problem, which will cost him the Bears' last two tilts as well. With his fate sealed, Royal will finish the 2016 campaign with 33 receptions on 43 targets for 369 yards and two touchdowns to go with 166 yards and one score on his 19 punt returns. With both he and Marquess Wilson (foot) heading to IR in the past week, the Bears are left with the recently-reinstated Alshon Jeffery, Cameron Meredith, and Deonte Thompson as their top-3 wideouts.
Royal (toe) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Packers.
Royal's toe problem will cost him a third straight game, and with Marquess Wilson (foot) sidelined indefinitely, the Bears' receiving corps now has another injury to deal with. On the bright side, the team is expected to welcome back top wideout Alshon Jeffery from suspension Sunday.
Royal (toe) didn't participate at Wednesday's practice.
Royal hasn't practiced in nearly one calendar month as he tends to a toe injury, a span in which he recorded three receptions for seven yards over two outings before logging back-to-back DNPs. There's no indication that a return is nigh, but even if he does make another appearance this season, his chemistry with current starting QB Matt Barkley is undetermined, and No. 1 wideout Alshon Jeffery is about to return from a four-game suspension.
Royal (toe) is inactive for Sunday's game at Detroit.
The Bears' No. 1 wideout in name due to Alshon Jeffery's ongoing suspension, Royal will take a seat for the second straight contest and fourth time in the last seven games. Joining Royal on the inactive list Sunday is Marquess Wilson (groin), leaving Cameron Meredith, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson, and Daniel Brown as the top available receiving options for Matt Barkley.
Royal (toe) did not practice Friday and is considered doubtful to play Sunday against the Lions.
Royal has been unable to practice this week due to his toe problem, so it's somewhat surprising he hasn't already been ruled out for Sunday's contest. If he's indeed sidelined this weekend, Cameron Meredith could embody Chicago's clear-cut No. 1 wideout, since Marquess Wilson (groin) is also banged up.
Royal (toe) didn't partake in Wednesday's practice, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
After missing practice the past two weeks and earning an inactive tag once, Royal is clearly taking a cautious approach with his injured toe. If he indeed sits out again Sunday in Detroit, he could be joined by Marquess Wilson (groin), leaving Matt Barkley to work with wide receivers Cameron Meredith, Deonte Thompson, and Josh Bellamy if the top two guys were forced to sit.
Royal (toe) is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Subjected to no practice reps for the second consecutive week, Royal will remain on the sideline rather than attempt to play through his toe injury, which held him to 12 of the Bears' 80 offensive snaps against the Titans last Sunday. Instead, wide receivers Cameron Meredith, Marquess Wilson, Deonte Thompson, and Josh Bellamy will work in conjunction with quarterback Matt Barkley.
Royal (toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Royal didn't practice Wednesday nor Thursday, so the fact that he still has a chance to play Sunday suggests he may have been involved in some capacity during Friday's session. While the Bears' practice report should clarify that soon, Royal's toe problem limited him to just 12 of Chicago's 80 offensive snaps last Sunday, so his role figures to limit his value even if he's cleared to take the field this weekend.
Royal (toe) didn't take part in practice Wednesday.
Afforded just 12 of the Bears' 80 offensive snaps Sunday against the Titans, Royal was an afterthought in a new-look offense led by first-time starting QB Matt Barkley. In fact, Royal ranked fifth among wideouts in terms of usage, resulting in one measly catch for negative-six yards. Even if he attains active status this weekend against the 49ers, his health may not allow him to log much time on the field.
Royal (toe) is active for Sunday's game against the Titans, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
Royal is the Bears' veritable No. 1 receiver with Alshon Jeffery suspended and Zach Miller (foot) out for the season, but the elevation coincides with Jay Cutler's own likely multi-game absence due to a shoulder injury. With Matt Barkley under center, only time will tell if Royal has a rapport with the fourth-year signal-caller.
Royal (toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Titans.
Prior to the last two outings in which he appeared, Royal prescribed to a limited practice regimen. This week, though, he failed to log any practice reps. The preceding combined with his lack of production of late -- three receptions (on five targets) for 37 yards in the past pair of games -- makes him a fantasy non-entity in most formats.
Royal (toe) didn't take part in practice Wednesday.
In two appearances since missing a pair of contests with a toe injury, Royal has been nearly non-existent in the box score, notching three catches (on five targets) for 37 yards. Considering Alshon Jeffery just logged the first of four absences due to a PED suspension, the output is underwhelming, to say the least, and he'll now be attempting to connect with Matt Barkley, who is expected to take over for Jay Cutler (shoulder) this Sunday versus the Titans. There's little to write home about regarding Royal in what is turning into a lost season for the Bears.
Royal (toe) caught two passes for 13 yards Sunday against the Giants.
Even with Zach Miller missing more than half of the contest with a foot injury, Royal was barely a part of the Bears game plan. However, should Miller be forced to miss time, Royal certainly could find himself with an increase in targets. However, he's currently not seeing enough volume to be a consistent fantasy contributor.
Royal (toe) is listed as active Sunday against the Giants in New York.
Toughing out a toe injury for the second game in a row, Royal should be a top consideration in a Bears offense without the service of Alshon Jeffery (suspension) the next four games. While the weather could inhibit passing Sunday -- per Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune -- Royal will attempt to strike against the Giants, who have given up 12.8 YPC and seven touchdowns to wideouts in nine games this season.
Royal (toe) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Giants in New York.
Royal followed a limited practice plan last week, only to end a two-game DNP streak and pick up 73 percent of the offensive snaps this past Sunday against the Buccaneers. After corralling one of two passes for 24 yards, there's little doubt that more targets can be expected in a receiving corps without top option Alshon Jeffery, who will begin serving a four-game suspension in Week 11. Assuming he's active, Royal's primary competition will be the trio of Zach Miller, Cameron Meredith, and Marquess Wilson (foot).
Royal (toe) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.
On Sunday, Royal made his first appearance since Week 6, earning 41 of the Bears' 56 offensive snaps (73 percent). While the usage ranked third among those in the wideout corps, he mustered just one catch (on two targets) for 24 yards. Following word that Alshon Jeffery will serve a four-game suspension, effective immediately, Royal is a candidate to pick up the slack. However, Cameron Meredith and Zach Miller are healthier options, while Marquess Wilson (foot) was activated from the PUP list Tuesday, which could inhibit Royal's ability to rebuild a rapport with Jay Cutler.
Royal (toe) caught one pass for 24 yards Sunday against the Buccaneers.
As usual, quarterback Jay Cutler threw the majority of his passes to Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller, while Royal and others were left to fight for scraps. The veteran was faring well when Brian Hoyer was at quarterback, as he had three straight games with at least 43 receiving yards, but it's difficult to imagine that he'll have any type of consistent role while Cutler is under center.