Chicago Bears

Stadium: Soldier Field | Coach: John Fox
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense30th111.8 (15th)175.7 (32nd)
Defense9th108.1 (10th)211.0 (9th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
93Acho, Sam OLB6-32599/6/19887Texas
38Amos, Adrian SS6-02144/29/19933Penn State
20Amukamara, Prince CB6-02046/6/19897Nebraska
58Anderson, Jonathan OLB6-323710/27/19913TCU
15Bellamy, Josh WR6-02085/18/19893Louisville
84Braunecker, Ben TE6-42522/7/19942Harvard
85Brown, Daniel TE6-52475/26/19923James Madison
90Bullard, Jonathan DE6-329610/22/19932Florida
46Burton, Michael FB6-02402/1/19923Rutgers
26Bush, Deon SS6-02058/14/19932Miami (Fla.)
37Callahan, Bryce CB5-918810/23/19913Rice
29Cohen, Tarik RB5-61817/26/1995RNorth Carolina A&T
76Compton, Tom G6-53135/10/19895South Dakota
31Cooper, Marcus CB6-21972/1/19905Rutgers
69Coward, Rashaad DT6-532011/6/1994ROld Dominion
30Cunningham, Benny RB5-102187/7/19905Middle Tennessee
49DePaola, Andrew LS6-22307/28/19874Rutgers
21Demps, Quintin SS5-112166/29/198510Texas-El Paso
23Fuller, Kyle CB5-111902/16/19924Virginia Tech
8Glennon, Mike QB6-622912/12/19895NC State
91Goldman, Eddie NT6-43201/6/19943Florida State
55Grasu, Hroniss C6-33018/12/19913Oregon
60Greene, Brandon G6-52953/1/1994RAlabama
32Hall, Deiondre' CB6-22065/31/19942Northern Iowa
96Hicks, Akiem DE6-533211/16/19896Regina (Canada)
99Houston, Lamarr LB6-32746/24/19878Texas
36Houston-Carson, DeAndre FS6-12054/13/19932William & Mary
24Howard, Jordan RB6-022411/2/19942Indiana
17Inman, Dontrelle WR6-32051/31/19894Virginia
39Jackson, Eddie FS6-020212/10/1992RAlabama
73Jenkins, John DT6-33277/11/19895Georgia
57Jones, Howard LB6-42382/10/19903Shepherd
52Jones, Christian ILB6-32452/18/19914Florida State
44Kwiatkoski, Nick ILB6-22425/26/19932West Virginia
22LeBlanc, Cre'von CB5-111907/25/19942Florida Atlantic
63Lee, Cameron G6-531212/28/1993RIllinois State
72Leno Jr., Charles T6-330610/9/19914Boise State
70Massie, Bobby T6-63178/1/19896Ole Miss
27McManis, Sherrick CB6-119312/19/19878Northwestern
33Mizzell, Taquan RB5-1018010/21/1993RVirginia
1Nugent, Mike K5-101903/2/198213Ohio State
16O'Donnell, Pat P6-42172/22/19914Miami (Fla.)
95Robertson-Harris, Roy DE6-72947/23/19931Texas-El Paso
6Sanchez, Mark QB6-223211/11/19869Southern California
87Shaheen, Adam TE6-527010/24/1994RAshland
88Sims, Dion TE6-42682/18/19915Michigan State
71Sitton, Josh G6-33206/16/198610UCF
79Sowell, Bradley T6-73126/6/19896Ole Miss
53Timu, John ILB6-02458/27/19923Washington
59Trevathan, Danny ILB6-12393/24/19906Kentucky
10Trubisky, Mitchell QB6-32228/20/1994RNorth Carolina
12Wheaton, Markus WR5-111852/7/19915Oregon State
65Whitehair, Cody C6-43107/11/19922Kansas State
13Wright, Kendall WR5-1018511/12/19896Baylor
Injured Players
94Floyd, Leonard (IR) OLB6-42519/8/19922Georgia
47Irving, Isaiah (IR) LB6-22546/9/1994RSan Jose State
64Kush, Eric (IR) G6-43179/9/19894California (PA)
75Long, Kyle (IR) G6-631612/5/19885Oregon
92McPhee, Pernell (IR) OLB6-326912/17/19887Mississippi State
81Meredith, Cameron (IR) WR6-32079/21/19923Illinois State
86Miller, Zach (IR) TE6-524510/4/19848Nebraska-Omaha
67Morgan, Jordan (IR) G6-33115/13/1994RKutztown
2Santos, Cairo (IR) K5-816011/12/19914Tulane
48Scales, Patrick (IR) LS6-42392/11/19883Utah State
98Unrein, Mitch (IR) DE6-43013/25/19877Wyoming
11White, Kevin (IR) WR6-32166/25/19923West Virginia
97Young, Willie (IR) OLB6-42589/19/19858NC State
Practice Squad
 Averill, Travis C6-329512/21/1993RBoise State
 Ayers, DeMarcus WR5-111907/7/19941Houston
 Gentry, Tanner WR6-121012/18/1994RWyoming
 Grant, Doran CB5-1019611/30/19922Ohio State
 McKay, Mekale WR6-52108/4/19931Cincinnati
 Pericak, Will G6-330012/30/19893Colorado
 Spruce, Nelson WR6-121012/5/19922Colorado
 Thompson, Colin TE6-425712/15/1993RTemple
 Tialavea, D.J. T6-42607/27/19913Utah State
Suspended Players
50Freeman, Jerrell ILB6-02355/1/19866Mary Hardin-Baylor
 
 
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Position Listing
Andrew DePaola
News
DePaola was released by the Bucs on Friday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

DePaolo is a vested veteran who isn't subject to the waiver wire. Thus, he's immediately eligible to sign with another team.

Cre'von LeBlanc
News
LeBlanc finished the 2017 season with 17 tackles (14 solo), a sack and a forced fumble for the Bears.

LeBlanc had a much more productive rookie campaign in 2016, but only played only 306 total snaps (212 defensive) this season. Starter Kyle Fuller is slated to become a free agent and the Bears cornerback situation is wide open as LeBlanc enters the final year of his rookie contract, but the step down in his second season doesn't do much for his chances of role worthy of IDP relevance in 2018.

Kyle Long
News
Long (hand/shoulder) underwent neck surgery Tuesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Though hand and shoulder issues resulted in Long landing on injured reserve earlier this month, it looks like recovering from the neck procedure will be the lineman's top priority heading into the 2018 campaign. Even so, Long still could require surgery to address the torn tendon and ligaments in his left hand and the torn labrum in his left shoulder, with the latter injury being something he had played through since August of 2016. It's expected that Long will be ready to go for the start of training camp next summer, but the three-time Pro Bowler's litany of health issues the past couple of seasons may make it difficult for the Bears to rely on him playing all 16 games in 2018.

Injury
Neck - Injured Reserve
Cairo Santos
News
Bears head coach John Fox said the team may need to find a replacement for Santos, who injured his groin during Sunday's 15-14 loss to the 49ers, Adam Hoge of WGN Radio 720 AM Chicago reports.

With the Bears unable to venture into scoring range after the first quarter, Santos' injury didn't have much impact on Sunday's game. He dealt with a groin injury earlier this season, prompting the Chiefs to place him on injured reserve and eventually release him. The Bears could turn back to Connor Barth, who was released to make room for Santos a few weeks ago.

Injury
Groin - Injured Reserve
Willie Young
News
Young (triceps) notched two sacks in four games before being placed on injured reserve in Week 5.

Young is signed with the Bears through 2018, and in his four years with the team he's recorded 26 sacks in 50 games. Should he make a healthy return to the lineup, he'll be a solid IDP option, based on his ability to pile up sacks.

Injury
Triceps - Injured Reserve
Benny Cunningham
News
Cunningham caught one pass for six yards in the Week 17's 23-10 loss to the VIkings. He ended the season with nine carries for 29 yards along with 20 receptions (on 26 targets) for 240 yards and two touchdowns.

Cunningham was a core special-teamer who returned 26 kickoffs and also shared passing-down work out of the backfield with Tarik Cohen. WIth his one-year contract having expired, he'll be an unrestricted free agent and should have no trouble latching onto a similar role with another squad if he doesn't re-sign with the Bears. With an average of 40 touches over the last three years, he'll likely continue to be a depth option in fantasy leagues.

Nelson Spruce
News
Spruce (undisclosed) was waived after reaching an injury settlement Monday, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Spruce is now a free agent who can look for another team to pick him up for an expected practice squad role.

DeAndre Houston-Carson
News
Houston-Carson collected 10 tackles over 11 games during the 2017 season.

Houston-Carson, a backup free safety, has played just 25 snaps over the first two years of his career while primarily playing on special teams. He'll be an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason, and if he remains in Chicago, he'll likely continue to see limited snaps on defense.

Markus Wheaton
News
Wheaton caught one pass for nine yards in the Bears Week 17 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with three receptions for 51 yards in 11 games.

Wheaton's entering the last year of his contract, but unless he gives the new coaching staff reason for optimism that he'll improve, he easily could find himself in an uphill battle to make the team. He certainly had opportunity to carve out a role in an offense that was pretty much devoid of playmakers at wide receiver, but he was targeted just 17 times over 11 games. Although he had a pair of reasonably productive seasons in 2014 and 2015, he's posted just 102 yards in 14 games since that time, and he'll need to have an impressive training camp to merit a spot on most fantasy teams in 2018.

Mitch Unrein
News
Unrein (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Unrein's season comes to an end after he aggravated a nagging knee injury in Sunday's loss to the 49ers. In 12 games (eight starts), Unrein recorded 32 tackles (25 solo) and 2.5 sacks, as the veteran continued to see his role grow in his third season with the team. Now sidelined, expect second-year pro Jonathan Bullard to take over as starter for the remainder of the season.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Taquan Mizzell
News
Mizzell was on the active roster for four games in 2017, but didn't see a single snap.

Mizzell served as the fourth-string running back, and the Bears stayed relatively healthy at the position all season, so he was never pressed into action. He's signed for two more seasons, but with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen serving as the top options in the backfield, he'll likely need an injury in order to see significant playing time. Should he find his way into the mix next season, his best chance for fantasy production would likely be as a pass-catcher, as he averaged 63 receptions over his last two collegiate campaigns.

Jerrell Freeman
News
Freeman's (concussion/pecotoral) completed his 10-game suspension and was officially reinstated Monday.

Freeman received the 10-game ban in late October for a repeat violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy and was able to serve the suspension while he remained on injured reserve due to a season-ending torn pectoral muscle in addition to a concussion. Though Freeman is under contract with the Bears through 2018, there isn't any guaranteed money left on his deal. If the Bears elect to release Freeman this offseason, it's possible he has played his last NFL game, as the linebacker acknowledged shortly after the suspension was handed down that his career could be over following his latest head injury, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com.

Injury
Concussion - Injured Reserve
Rashaad Coward
No Updates
Mekale McKay
News
The Bears signed McKay to a reserve/future contract Monday.

McKay finished the 2017 season on the Bears' practice squad following his injury-marred stint with the Titans in the preseason. He'll likely need to impress on special teams this offseason in order to have a chance at cracking the final roster.

D.J. Tialavea
News
Tialavea was released by the Falcons on Friday, The Associated Press reports.

Tialavelea, a tight end who was attempting to transition to a spot on the offensive line, must not have shown enough potential at his new position to warrant a roster spot.

Leonard Floyd
News
Floyd (knee) was officially placed on injured reserve Thursday.

As expected, Floyd's season is officially over after he was diagnosed with MCL and PCL sprains in his right knee. The linebacker will undergo surgery within the week. Floyd's absence will leave a gap within the Bears' defensive front, and they'll use his roster spot to promote linebacker Howard Jones to their active roster.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Injured Reserve
Lamarr Houston
News
Houston recorded 17 tackles and five sacks in nine games played with both the Texans and the Bears.

Houston only collected one sack in four games with the Texans, but after the Bears claimed him off waivers, he ended the season with four sacks in five games. He's now an unrestricted free agent who'll likely find work as a situational pass rusher who's demonstrated the ability to create sacks, although his landing spot will ultimately determine his fantasy value.

Charles Leno Jr.
News
Leno Jr. signed a four-year extension with the Bears on Wednesday, Marc Sessler of NFL Network reports.

The Bears have the left side of their offensive line locked down for years to come, as both Leno Jr. and left guard Kyle Long are now under contract through the 2021 season.

Travis Averill
No Updates
Cameron Lee
News
Lee was promoted to the Bears' active roster Tuesday.

Lee joins the 53-man roster after the Bears placed veteran lineman Kyle Long (shoulder) on injured reserve. Lee played collegiately at nearby Illinois State before spending time with the Saints and Bengals this offseason. He has been on the Bears' practice squad for the entirety of the regular season.

Doran Grant
News
Grant (head) was waived from injured reserve Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

While it isn't clear if Grant is past the head injury that landed him on IR in the first place, he'll be eligible to sign with another team if he passes through waivers.

Tanner Gentry
News
The Bears signed Gentry to a reserve/future contract Monday.

Gentry moved from the Bears' practice squad to the active roster multiple times this season, ultimately finishing the year on the former. The Wyoming product is a nifty route-runner who should have a real shot to claim a spot on the Bears' unsettled depth chart with a strong offseason.

Sherrick McManis
News
McManis tallied 13 stops and recovered a fumble in his eighth NFL season.

McManis played 31 defensive snaps, and he's had more than 45 just once during his eight-year career. Since he's primarily a special-teams player who doesn't return kicks, he carries very little value as an IDP.

John Timu
News
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.

Howard Jones
News
Jones signed a contract with the Bears on Tuesday.

Jones previously spent time on the Bears' practice squad before being called up for Week 12's game against the Eagles. He was waived a week after being promoted but will now return to bolster the Bears' linebacking corps.

Danny Trevathan
News
Trevathan recorded seven tackles in the Week 17 loss to the VIkings to end the season with 89 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in 12 games.

Trevathan finished the season somewhat slowly, as he averaged six tackles over the last three games, but he continued to show that he can post elite IDP numbers by collecting double-digit stops on five occasions. He's signed through the 2019 season, and as long as he remains healthy he's still an upper-echelon IDP based on his ability to pile up big tackle numbers.

Will Pericak
News
The Broncos released the following players on Sunday: Linebacker Jamar Chaney, running back Brennan Clay, wide receiver Greg Hardin, linebacker Jerrell Harris, offensive tackle Winston Justice, safety Charles Mitchell, defensive tackle Will Pericak, quarterback Bryn Renner, defensive end Chase Vaughn, running back Jerodis Williams and wide receiver Greg Wilson.
Jonathan Anderson
News
Anderson was waived by the Bears on Saturday.

Anderson logged nine tackles in 10 games for the Bears this season, mostly serving as a special teams contributor. The move makes room for defensive lineman Rashaad Coward to join the team's 53-man roster.

Dontrelle Inman
News
Inman caught five passes for 94 yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 25 receptions for 343 yards and one touchdown in 12 games in stints with the Bears and Chargers.

Inman had a hot start with the Bears after joining them in Week 10. He posted at least 64 yards in two of his first three games. However, he then had just 66 yards over his next four games before ending the season on a high note with 94 yards in the season finale. As an unrestricted free agent, it's almost certain that he'll latch on somewhere, and with an 810-yard season on his resume in 2016, if he lands in a good situation, he could be a player with a path to becoming a consistent fantasy producer.

Jordan Howard
News
Howard rushed nine times for nine yards while adding one reception for an additional five yards in a Week 17 loss to the Vikings, finishing the season with 1122 rushing yards and nine touchdowns along with 23 receptions for an additional 125 yards in 16 games.

After having an amazing rookie season in 2016 when he ran for 5.2 yards per carry and accounted for over 1600 total yards, he saw his yardage dropped by almost 400 yards while being held to fewer than 4.1 yards per attempt in 2017. It certainly didn't help that opposing defenses gave little respect to the anemic Bears passing attack, and Howard routinely saw stacked boxes that lowered his potential for consistent big games. Over the season, he was very game-script dependent, as he rushed for 579 yards and five touchdowns in four games that the Bears either won or kept close throughout, while he was held to fewer than 10 rushing yards on three different occasions in blowout losses. If the team's passing attack begins to improve in 2018, he'll likely show a bit more consistency, but regardless, he'll clearly remain as a solid weekly fantasy starter as he enters the third-year of his four-year rookie contract.

Adam Shaheen
News
Shaheen (chest) was inactive for the last three games of the 2017 season, and he finished the year with 12 receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.

After catching just one pass on two targets over the first eight games of the season, Shaheen posted at least 39 yards in three of his last five games while scoring twice during that span. On the season, he was targeted more than twice on just two occasions, but he certainly showed flashes that will cause fantasy managers to realize he's a player who could become a strong producer. Going into his second NFL season, he may still need another year or so to continue his development, but he could be a tantalizing upside pick in fantasy drafts.

Michael Burton
News
Burton had one carry for zero yards while catching his only target for zero yards in the Week 17 loss to the Vikings to end his season with four carries for eight yards and two receptions for nine yards in 16 games.

Burton played fewer than 20 offensive snaps in every game, and he usually played in short-yardage situations when a fullback was needed in the formation. He'll go into the last year of a two-year contract, and it's unlikely that his role will be much different than it was in 2017.

Tom Compton
News
Compton (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Compton sustained a concussion in Week 15 against the Lions and wasn't available for last week's game against the Browns. However, his full participation in practice Wednesday puts him on track to make a return for Sunday's season finale against the Vikings.

Kendall Wright
News
Wright caught five passes for 29 yards in the Bears 23-10 loss to the Vikings in the 2017 season finale, ending the season with 59 catches for 614 yards and a touchdown in 16 games.

Wright, despite an unimpressive yardage total in 2017, easily posted the most receiving yardage of any Bears' wide receiver. He primarily benefited from running his routes in the slot in an extremely conservative pass offense that rarely took downfield shots, allowing him to benefit from plenty of high-percentage targets. He'll be an unrestricted free agent, and should be able to land a deal that'll allow him to compete for a role as a starting slot receiver, and any fantasy value he'll have will be directly dependent upon his landing spot and potential role.

Eric Kush
News
Kush (hamstring) was officially placed on injured reserve Monday, Adam Hoge of WGN reports.

This move was expected, as Kush tore his hamstring at practice. He was slated to be a swing player for the interior of the Bears' offensive line, so he would have served as a valuable presence backing up the currently injured Kyle Long (ankle). However, this injury does not figure to impact any of the Bears' skill players heading into the season.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Akiem Hicks
News
Hicks collected three stops in the Week 17 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 54 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 16 games.

Hicks set a career-high with 8.5 sacks and now has 15 sacks in his first two seasons with the Bears after having collected just 9.5 sacks in his five years in the league before heading to Chicago. The veteran had a great first half with seven sacks, before going into a five-game drought, but he'll continue to be a solid, though not elite, IDP option as he heads into the third year of a six-year contract with the Bears.

Mike Nugent
News
Nugent knocked down his only field-goal attempt in the Week 17 loss to the Vikings to finish the season making 11 of 13 field goals in eight games between the Cowboys and Bears.

Nugent's 84.6 percent success rate was his best since 2011, and he's hovered between 79 and 83 percent for the majority of his 11-year career. The unrestricted free agent will likely have a chance to compete for a starting job with a team during training camp, and his fantasy value will be connected to his landing spot.

Prince Amukamara
News
Amukamara tallied 48 tackles along with seven passes defensed in 14 games.

Amukamara has posted at least 46 tackles in each of the last six seasons, but he hasn't picked off a pass in either of the last two campaigns. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he'll likely be playing for his fourth team in four years while being a middling IDP option at cornerback.

Ben Braunecker
News
Braunecker wasn't targeted during the 2017 season, as he primarily played on special teams while seeing just four offensive snaps in eight games played.

Braunecker will be an exclusive-rights free agent, but if the Bears retain him, he'll likely struggle to see consistent playing time at tight end with Adam Shaheen and Dion Sims serving as the top two options at the position. He's posted just 41 receiving yards over 21 career contests.

Mike Glennon
News
After starting the first four games of 2017, Glennon became Mitchell Trubisky's backup and didn't take a snap in the last 12 games of the year, ending the campaign with 833 yards and four touchdowns to go with five interceptions.

While functioning as the starter, he won one of four starts, but he easily could've had a win against the Falcons after having two dropped passes in the end zone on the final drive as time expired. He'll be one of the better backups in the league, as he'll go into the second of a three-year deal with the Bears in 2018, but even if he makes starts, it's unlikely he'll be anything more than a fantasy starter in leagues that start two quarterbacks.

Deiondre' Hall
News
Hall played one defensive snap during the 2017 season.

Hall was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury before the regular season began and was activated in Week 13, but he only played two snaps on the season as the third-string free safety. He's signed through 2019 and he'll likely continue to serve as a backup, significantly limiting his IDP value.

Mitchell Trubisky
News
Trubisky completed 20 of 36 passes for 178 yards while adding two yards on one rushing attempt in the Bears Week 17 loss to the Vikings, finishing his rookie season with 2193 passing yards to go with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in 12 games.

Trubisky also added 248 yards and two touchdowns as a rusher during his rookie campaign. Working with one of the weakest wide receiver groups in the NFL, the coaching staff typically implemented conservative weekly game plans to keep their franchise quarterback from having too much on his plate, which limited both his upside and downside as a fantasy performer. With Cameron Meredith expected to make a full recovery for the 2018 season, he'll immediately have at least one outstanding weapon at receiver, and with another off-season to continue his development, he could find himself with a chance to become a borderline starting fantasy option as he enters the second season of his four-year rookie deal.

Roy Robertson-Harris
News
Robertson-Harris (hamstring) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Robertson-Harris was inactive for last week's loss to the Eagles but appears to now be back to full strength. Look for him to resume his role as a reserve defensive lineman Sunday against the 49ers.

Daniel Brown
News
Brown didn't see a target in the Week 17 loss to the Vikings and finished the year with 13 receptions (on 20 targets) for 129 yards.

Brown has caught a total of 35 passes in 35 NFL games covering four seasons with the Bears and the Ravens. He'll be a restricted free agent this offseason, but with Adam Shaheen and Dion Sims slated to be the primary tight ends in 2018, he'll either continue to serve in a reserve capacity in Chicago or look for a similar role elsewhere.

Kyle Fuller
News
Fuller notched a pair of tackles in the Week 17 loss to the Vikings and ended the season with 69 tackles and two interceptions.

Going into this season, the team was clearly not pleased with their 2014 first-round draft choice and chose not to pick up his 2018 option before the season began, making him an unrestricted free agent this offseason. However, Fuller had a breakout season that included 22 passes defensed while consistently providing excellent coverage, helping the Bears to become a defense that was ranked in the top half of the league. He should be highly sought after in free agency and he'll be an above-average IDP as long as he continues to perform as he did in 2017.

Jonathan Bullard
News
Bullard ended the season with a sack, a forced fumble and 26 tackles in 16 games.

Bullard started his second year with the Bears as a rotational player who didn't see more than 26 defensive snaps in all but one of the first 10 games. Down the stretch he was worked into the lineup a bit more, as he averaged 37 defensive plays over the last six games. Despite his increased playing time, he failed to exceed four tackles in any game while notching just one sack. He'll enter the third year of a four-year contract, but unless he shows significant improvement, he'll be a low-upside IDP.

Adrian Amos
News
Amos posted a season-high 11 tackles in the Week 17 loss to the Vikings to end the season with 69 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception return for a touchdown in 13 games.

Amos started the season as a special-teamer, but as injuries struck the Bears' secondary, he was thrust into a starting role in Week 4. He quickly became an excellent IDP performer, as he collected at least six tackles in all but one of his 10 starts, and he became valuable enough to the team that he was removed from special teams in the last two games of the season. Assuming he's earned a starting role for 2018, he should be one of the top IDPs selected at safety in fantasy drafts as he enters the last year of his contract with the Bears.

Marcus Cooper
News
Cooper recorded 18 tackles during the 2017 season.

Cooper signed with the Bears as a free agent and started the first two games of the season, but averaged fewer than five snaps over the last 10 games. He's signed for the next two years, and if the team loses Kyle Fuller in free agency, Cooper could regain a starting role and regain some value as an IDP.

Colin Thompson
News
The Bears signed Thompson to a reserve/future contract Monday.

Thompson finished the season on the Bears' practice squad but will need to put together an impressive offseason in order to stick with the team into the 2018 regular season.

Zach Miller
News
The Bears placed Miller (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Miller's move to IR is merely a formality after the tight end suffered a likely career-ending injury in the Bears' last game Oct. 29 against the Saints. While the vascular surgery Miller required to preserve his left leg was successful and he was cleared to head back to Chicago earlier this week, he's still set to undergo additional surgeries to repair the ligaments in his leg. The Bears signed fellow tight end Ben Braunecker from their practice squad to take Miller's spot on the 53-man roster.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Cameron Meredith
News
Meredith (knee) said Wednesday that he expects to be "100 percent" healthy for the start of training camp, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Earmarked for a starting role at receiver entering the 2017 campaign, Meredith never earned the opportunity to build on his 66-catch, 888-yard sophomore campaign after tearing the ACL in his left knee during the Bears' third preseason contest. Now more than four months along in his rehab, Meredith seems to be making positive progress. He said that he's been able to do some light running and leg-strengthening exercises, putting him on track to be fully healed by the summer. The Bears were never really able to find a dependable top target in the passing game while he was sidelined, so Meredith should have the inside track to a starting role if he checks out fine on the health front during camp.

Injury
Knee - ACL + MCL - Injured Reserve
Hroniss Grasu
News
Grasu (hand) was a full practice participant for the Bears on Wednesday.

Grasu hasn't appeared in a game since Week 3, but appears to be healthy coming off the Bears' bye week. Thursday and Friday's practice sessions should provide further clarity on whether the 26-year-old has fully recovered from the injury.

Jordan Morgan
News
Morgan (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The nature of Morgan's injury isn't clear. He's unlikely to come off IR before season's end unless he agrees to an injury settlement with the Bears.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Josh Bellamy
News
Bellamy caught one pass for 30 yards in the Week 17 loss to the Vikings and ended the season with 24 receptions (on 46 targets) for 376 yards and one touchdown.

Bellamy has been in the league five years and will be an unrestricted free agent as he enters his age-29 season. Although his aforementioned receiving yardage total was the best of his career, the fact he was unable to carve out much of a role on a team desperate for receiver help implies he'll serve as no better than a fourth or fifth wideout on a short-term contract in his next stop.

Christian Jones
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Jones collected three stops in the Week 17 loss to the Vikings, ending the season with 90 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.

Jones became a regular part of the defense in Week 5 when the Bears dealt with injuries at linebacker, and in the following eight games, he was an IDP star by averaging a shade under eight tackles while notching a pair of sacks. Unfortunately, the coaching staff moved him back into a reserve role over the last four games of the season, making him a non-factor for fantasy managers. He'll enter the off-season as an unrestricted free agent, and if he lands a starting job, he should be a weekly fantasy starter.

Cody Whitehair
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Whitehair (elbow) was a full participant at the Bears' practice Wednesday.

Whitehair sustained the injury against the Saints in Week 8 and did not return to the game, but he appears healthy following the Bears' bye week. The 24-year-old may be battling Hroniss Grasu for the starting job at center for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Tarik Cohen
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Cohen rushed three times for 13 yards while adding 14 yards on six receptions in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings, ending the season with 370 rushing yards and two touchdowns along with 353 receiving yards with another touchdown.

Cohen, a dynamic rookie performer, was terribly underutilized despite being arguably the best offensive weapon on the team. He actually had his best game of the season in Week 1, when he posted 113 combined yards and a touchdown on 13 touches, but he only received double-digit touches on four other occasions. He also showed excellent versatility as an elite playmaker by adding passing and punt-return touchdowns. Going into the second year of his rookie contract in 2018, he'll benefit by the departure of former head coach John Fox and his conservative approach; if he's deployed strategically by the new coaching staff, he could be a breakout fantasy performer with massive upside.

Patrick Scales
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Scales (knee) cleared waivers and reverted to the Bears' injured reserve Wednesday per the official NFL Media site's transaction log.

Scales was thought to be a fringe roster guy before suffering a knee injury. He will now spend 2017 on the team's IR.

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Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Brandon Greene
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Greene was promoted to the Bears' 53-man roster Saturday.

Greene has been on the Bears' practice squad since roster cutdowns but will have his opportunity for the final two weeks of the season. The 27-year-old should serve in a reserve role on the interior of the Bears offensive line.

Nick Kwiatkoski
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Kwiatkoski registered a pair of sacks and a forced fumble along with 49 tackles in 11 games in his second season with the Bears.

Kwiatkoski became a regular in the Bears' linebackercorps in Week 10 after injuries and suspensions left the Bears thin at the position. After collecting sacks in two straight games, he failed to notch another in any of the last six games. He also failed to exceed three tackles in any of his first four starts, but he finished the season on a high note while averaging 8.67 tackles in the last three games of the year. He's signed for the next two years, but unless he can permanently move into the starting lineup, he won't be a reliable IDP.

Sam Acho
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Acho registered 45 tackles to go with three sacks and a forced fumble in 16 games to conclude his seventh NFL campaign.

Acho's three sacks were the most he's had in a season since his first two years in the league, when he was with the Cardinals in 2011 and 2012. He'll be headed for unrestricted free agency, but after averaging fewer than three tackles in each of his seven seasons he'll be a low-upside IDP, regardless of destination.

Isaiah Irving
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The Bears placed Irving (knee) on injured reserve Saturday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Irving suffered a knee injury at Wednesday's practice and will spend the remainder of the season on IR as a result. The rookie played in five games over the course of the season, but failed to log any tackles.

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Knee - Injured Reserve
Mark Sanchez
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Sanchez didn't take a snap with the Bears in 2017 and will enter the free agent market.

Sanchez has been in the league seven years, but has attempted just 109 passes over the last three campaigns as a backup. He'll likely latch on as a second-stringer somewhere and he's unlikely to be a fantasy option unless he finds his way into the starting lineup.

Eddie Jackson
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Jackson collected 11 stops in the Week 17 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 73 tackles, two touchdowns, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 16 games.

Jackson was an uneven IDP performer over the Bears first 11 games, but he recorded at least five tackles in each of his last five games while averaging seven tackles during that span. He'll enter the second year of his four-year rookie deal and 2018 and should be considered a top IDP at the safety position, as he should continue to show improvement with a full season under his belt.

Kevin White
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White (shoulder) won't be activated from injured reserve this season after the Bears declined to name him one of their two players designated to return, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

White was always considered a long shot to suit up again in 2017 after fracturing his shoulder blade in the Week 1 loss to the Falcons and requiring surgery, but the Bears' decision to designate safeties Deiondre' Hall (hamstring) and Quintin Demps (arm) for returns officially closes the door on the wideout playing in any of the team's final five games. The expectation is that White will be fully recovered from surgery early in the offseason, the Bears probably aren't banking on the 2015 first-round pick filling a vital role in the receiving corps at this point. He'll enter the final season of his rookie contract with just five career NFL games under his belt, as injuries have stunted his development.

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Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Josh Sitton
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Sitton (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Sitton hasn't played nor practiced since suffering his ankle injury two weeks ago, and his absence comes as no surprise. Look for Hroniss Grasu or Bradley Sowell to start in Sitton's place.

Eddie Goldman
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Goldman tallied 44 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 15 games to finish his third season with the Bears.

Goldman posted a career-high with 44 tackles, but despite playing 608 snaps, more than 90 more than he's played in either of his first two years with the Bears, his 1.5 sacks represented the lowest total of his career. He'll enter the fourth and final year of his rookie deal, but he hasn't done enough to be considered a reliable fantasy option at this point of his career.

Bryce Callahan
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Callahan finished the season with two interceptions along with a sack, a forced fumble and 25 tackles in 12 games.

Callahan picked off the first two passes of his career, but he averaged two tackles per game, and he provided very little fantasy production in most of his appearances. He'll be a restricted free agent this off-season, and unless he shows continued improvement as a playmaker, he'll be a weak fantasy option.

Quintin Demps
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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.

Injury
Arm - Injured Reserve
John Jenkins
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Jenkins has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Bears, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Jenkins split last season between New Orleans and Seattle, recording 13 tackles in nine games. He only has 62 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his four-year career, but at 350-plus pounds, he could be of use to Chicago's run defense in a depth role.

Pat O'Donnell
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Dion Sims
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Sims failed to catch his only target in the season finale against the Vikings, finishing the year with 15 receptions for 180 yards and one touchdown.

Sims functioned as the primary blocking tight end for the Bears, and he should continue to function in a full-time role as he enters the second year of a three-year contract in 2018. However, the Bears will likely expect Adam Shaheen to emerge as the primary receiving tight end, so unless Shaheen struggles or gets injured, it's unlikely that Sims becomes a consistent fantasy option.

Bradley Sowell
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Pernell McPhee
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The Bears placed McPhee (shoulder) on injured reserve Wednesday.

McPhee will be replaced on the 53-man roster by fellow linebacker Jonathan Anderson, who was signed in a corresponding move. Since inking a five-year, $38.75 million pact with the Bears in March of 2015, McPhee has had difficulty staying healthy, with chronic knee issues hindering him in addition to the right shoulder injury he sustained in the Week 15 loss to the Lions. McPhee will wrap up the 2017 campaign with 21 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble across 13 appearances.

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Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Bobby Massie
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Massie (knee) is inactive for Sunday's season finale against Minnesota.

Massie's absence comes as no surprise after he was held out of practice all week and listed as doubtful for the contest. Tom Compton will likely start in Massie's place.

Deon Bush
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Bush recorded six tackles in 13 games during his second NFL season.

Bush saw significant time at safety as a rookie in 2016, but with the Bears having drafted Eddie Jackson, he saw just 86 snaps this year. He'll enter the third year of a four-year contract, but unless the depth chart has some changes, he'll likely see most of his work on special teams.

DeMarcus Ayers
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The Bears signed Ayers to a reserve/future contract Monday.

Ayers, a 2016 seventh-rounder, most recently played for the Steelers in 2016 when he appeared in two games in which he racked up six receptions, 53 receiving yards and one touchdown. He'll likely need an impressive offseason in order to have a chance at making the final roster, however.