The Chicago Bears had what seemingly was an NFL record of 16 players being on the injury report before last week’s game vs the Chiefs including their backup quarterback and their punter. So it probably comes to little surprise as they have made a few moves in the last 24 hours to help them field a team on Sunday versus the Detroit Lions. Chicago has placed backup running back and return man Jacquizz Rodgers on injured reserve as Rodgers broke his arm in the second half of Sunday’s game. Rodgers ends his first season with the team appearing in the first five games, rushing for 41 yards on 14 carries, catching one pass for 10 yards and recording three special-teams tackles.
The Bears signed running back Antone Smith to replace Rodgers. Smith is a 5-9, 192-pounder who appeared in 59 games over five seasons with Atlanta from 2009-14, rushing for 266 yards and four TDs on 29 carries and catching 15 passes for 232 yards and three TDs. It remains to be see how healthy Smith is as he broke his leg this summer with the Falcons as they recently waived him with an injury settlement. If Smith is healthy, I wouldn’t expect to see him til after the Bears bye next week, allowing him more time to grasp the playbook.
Additionally the Bears waived backup quarterback David Fales today and defensive tackle Brandon Dunn was signed by the Houston Texans today off the Bears practice squad. The release of Fales is somewhat surprising but if you read between the tea leaves, I believe it means the Bears need to sign a linebacker. Middle linebacker Shea McClellin was carted off the field Sunday with a knee injury versus the Chiefs and coach John Fox said Monday he would not have an update on McClellin until Wednesday. If that indeed is the case the bet here is the Bears promote John Timu from the practice squad.
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