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 Latest Bears Player Notes
Sep 21 2017 - Tanner Gentry
  WR Tanner Gentry was signed back to the practice squad after being waived following Sunday's game. Gentry was one of several Bears who had dropped passes in Sunday's loss. It was his first NFL game.


Sep 21 2017 - Zach Miller
  TE Zach Miller did not practice Thursday due to an absence granted for personal reasons.


Sep 21 2017 - Tom Compton
  G Tom Compton (hip) practiced Thursday on a limited basis after missing Wednesday's practice with an injury suffered in Sunday's game.


Sep 21 2017 - Mark Sanchez
  QB Mark Sanchez (neck) went through a full practice Thursday after an injury kept him out of Wednesday's practice.


Sep 21 2017 - Prince Amukamara
  CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) went through a complete practice Thursday for the first time since his injury occurred early in the third preseason game. It's likely Amukamara would move right into the starting lineup if he is healthy. Kyle Fuller played the first two games in his place and coaches have been generally pleased with Fuller's play. "In my head right now I'm just preparing like I'm going to play the whole game, until they say otherwise," Amukamara said. Amukamara has seven career interceptions in six seasons and only one over the last two years, but the Bears think he can make plays on the ball and that's been an issue for a defense with only 16 interceptions since Vic Fangio became defensive coordinator. "He's got the quick-twitch you're looking for from a cover guy," head coach John Fox said. "His transition is pretty good. I think he's been, maybe an area of his career he hasn't had a lot of picks. But he's worked very, very hard on his hands."


Sep 21 2017 - Benny Cunningham
  RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) went through a full practice Thursday for the first time since suffering an injury in the season opener. Cunningham's presence would be a boost to the Bears both in pass blocking and on special teams return units.


Sep 21 2017 - Kyle Long
  G Kyle Long (ankle) went through a full practice on Thursday (Sept. 21) for the first time since the season started, and has been in successive practices this week. He is expected to play Sunday after he had practiced Wednesday on a limited basis. How he handles practicing this many times in succession will be a key to whether he's able to play all of Sunday's game. The Bears are in need of Long's return because right guard Josh Sitton hasn't practiced this week due to a rib injury and backup guard Tom Compton is trying to practice despite a hip injury. Long last played in a game on Nov. 13 against Tampa. "Our medical people think he's ready, our coaches think he's ready, we'll see how much he can endure, whether we have him with any kind of a pitch count, but right now it's looking very promising," head coach John Fox said.


Sep 20 2017 - Markus Wheaton
  WR Markus Wheaton (finger) went through his first full practice since returning from a training camp appendectomy.


Sep 20 2017 - Mark Sanchez
  QB Mark Sanchez (neck) did not practice after hurting himself in workouts.


Sep 20 2017 - Josh Sitton
  G Josh Sitton (ribs) did not practice Wednesday. Sitton's replacement is an uncertainty since it also depends on the injury status of guard Kyle Long and guard/tackle Tom Compton.


Sep 20 2017 - Kyle Long
  G Kyle Long probably would be at left guard if he returns from his ankle injury this week. It's possible he might have been back for the opener but he said he suffered a setback in recovery from surgery.


Sep 18 2017 - Jordan Howard
  RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) played the full game, but struggled to gain seven yards on nine carries. Fox said Howard's injury hasn't worsened and wasn't a key factor in the running game failing to materialize against Tampa Bay. Howard said the injury is fine and doesn't restrict his play. He injured it early against Atlanta in the opener.


Sep 18 2017 - Markus Wheaton
  WR Markus Wheaton (finger) practiced on a limited basis last week but did not dress for Sunday's loss to the Bucs due to the broken pinkie suffered in training camp. Wheaton is day-to-day and could make his Bears debut against his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wheaton is easily the fastest healthy Bears wide receiver and a deep threat is badly needed.


Sep 18 2017 - Kyle Long
  G Kyle Long (ankle) was questionable, but did not make the trip to Tampa Bay after practicing on a limited basis throughout last week. Long is day-to-day and it's possible he could return this week against Pittsburgh. "I'm getting closer and closer," Long said at the end of last week's practices. "I wouldn't be able to tell you 100 percent, but I will say I'm a lot further along than I was."


Sep 18 2017 - Tom Compton
  G Tom Compton (hip) left Sunday's game. When he went out, the Bears were without remaining guard backups and had to turn to swing tackle Bradley Sowell to play right guard to finish the game. The Bears did not update the injury on Monday.


Sep 18 2017 - Josh Sitton
  G Josh Sitton (ribs) left Sunday's game and his status is uncertain. When Sitton left the game, the Bears lost the top blocker on their line in Sunday's game. Sitton's condition was not updated on Monday.


Sep 18 2017 - Nick Kwiatkoski
  LB Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral muscle) left Sunday's game. He had been playing for Jerrell Freeman, who went on injured reserve with a torn pec muscle. Head coach John Fox had no update on the severity of the injury Monday. If Kwiatkoski misses the next game or an extended time, he'll be replaced by Christian Jones. Jones has more experience than Kwiatkoski, and his height and speed probably make him better in the nickel defense. Kwiatkoski's strength was in stuffing the run.


Sep 18 2017 - Josh Sitton
  RG Josh Sitton (ribs) was later ruled out during the second half.


Sep 18 2017 - Tom Compton
  LG Tom Compton (hip) left in the first half, then was ruled out of the game.


Sep 18 2017 - Nick Kwiatkoski
  LB Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral muscle) and LG Tom Compton (hip) left in the first half, then were ruled out of the game.


Sep 18 2017 - Mike Glennon
  QB Mike Glennon's Bears were thrashed 29-7 on Sunday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team where he played his first four NFL seasons. Glennon committed three of Chicago's four turnovers, leading to a pair of Tampa Bay touchdowns. Overall, Glennon was 31 of 45 for 301 yards, numbers that appeared more than respectable. Both Bears head coach John Fox and Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter praised Glennon's persistence in the face of mistakes and several dropped passes. But that couldn't stop renewed talk of a quarterback controversy in Chicago. After Fox made his opening postgame statement, he was peppered by four consecutive questions about Glennon's status and whether he considered a switch to rookie Mitchell Trubisky, the NFL draft's second overall pick. Fox reiterated that Glennon is his quarterback. "We have to get better as a football team," Fox said. "That wasn't the Mike Glennon Bears. That was the Chicago Bears. It was our whole team. "I haven't looked at all the stats and all the exacts, but there were a lot of people who had their hand in it and we'll leave it at that."


Sep 15 2017 - Jerrell Freeman
  LB Jerrell Freeman, placed on the injured reserve list Tuesday, revealed Thursday he played 55 snaps with a torn pectoral in the Bears' season opener against the Falcons. Freeman, 31, totaled a team-high 10 tackles in the 23-17 loss last Sunday. "A big THANK YOU for all the love and well wishes from my loved ones, friends, and fans from everywhere," Freeman wrote on his Instagram account Thursday. "Though (I) didn't know tearing my pec the first play of the game or getting a concussion was part of it haha I do know that God always has a plan! He's brought me a mighty long way!" In addition, Freeman sustained a concussion during the game against the Falcons. He will require surgery to repair his pectoral injury, the Bears announced.


Sep 14 2017 - Willie Young
  LB Willie Young's ability as a pass rusher may have been the reason he had only 34 percent of the snaps in Sunday's loss while Sam Acho had 68 percent. It may change this week with the Bucs more likely to take chances downfield. The Falcons were throwing off short drops and getting it away quickly, and Young is more of an outside rusher who can get around the tackle but is more effective against deeper drops. "We were playing a team that passed the ball a lot, and we just felt more comfortable with Sam in there in the base stuff," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said.


Sep 14 2017 - Tarik Cohen
  RB Tarik Cohen likely will continue in his role as punt returner even as he takes on a bigger role on offense.


Sep 14 2017 - Josh Bellamy
  WR Josh Bellamy (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Thursday despite an injury sustained in practice. Head coach John Fox characterized it as a minor injury, but any injury to the Bears' depleted receiver corps has to be taken seriously. Bellamy likely would have had a big role in third-down passing, if not the regular offense, following the season-ending injuries to Cameron Meredith and Kevin White.


Sep 14 2017 - Adrian Amos
  S Adrian Amos practiced Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice for personal reasons.


Sep 14 2017 - Jordan Howard
  RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis Thursday (Sept. 14) with a minor injury sustained in Sunday's game. Howard actually had practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday, but initially it went unreported and then the Bears revised their injury report later. Howard is likely to play. The Bears will be in a difficult situation if he is hurt. Howard's replacement, Tarik Cohen, can't help much as a pass blocker or running between the tackles. Benny Cunningham is the back who normally replaces Howard in those roles and he is out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain. As a result, it's possible the Bears may have Taquan Mizzell active for the game in case of emergency or to help on special teams. Mizzell was acquired after being waived by the Ravens.


Sep 14 2017 - Markus Wheaton
  WR Markus Wheaton (finger) practiced on a limited basis after surgery to repair a broken pinkie. He missed all of preseason and almost all of training camp, in addition to the first game.


Sep 14 2017 - Kyle Long
  G Kyle Long (ankle) practiced Wednesday on a limited basis. He didn't play against Atlanta and Tom Compton replaced him in the starting lineup.


Sep 14 2017 - Deon Bush
  S Deon Bush (hamstring) practiced Wednesday on a limited basis.


Sep 14 2017 - Prince Amukamara
  CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) returned to practice for the first time since suffering a sprain in the third preseason game, and worked on a limited basis. Amukamara missed Sunday's loss and was replaced by Kyle Fuller in the starting lineup.


Sep 14 2017 - Benny Cunningham
  RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) suffered a sprain in the game against Atlanta and did not practice Wednesday.


Sep 14 2017 - Adrian Amos
  S Adrian Amos did not practice Wednesday (Sept. 13). He was given a personal day away.


Sep 11 2017 - Jordan Howard
  RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) suffered a slight injury in the game but head coach John Fox said Monday it was not serious.


Sep 11 2017 - Kyle Long
  G Kyle Long (ankle) did not dress for the opener. He practiced last week on a limited basis and his status for the Tampa Bay game will be updated later in the week.


Sep 11 2017 - Prince Amukamara
  CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) did not play Sunday and is day-to-day with an injury suffered in the next-to-last preseason game.


Sep 11 2017 - Jerrell Freeman
  LB Jerrell Freeman (concussion, pectoral muscle) is in the NFL concussion protocol following an injury suffered Sunday against Atlanta. Nick Kwiatkoski would likely replace Freeman. He started seven games as a rookie last year when Danny Trevathan was injured and Freeman was suspended for a PED policy violation. "He understands our defense a lot better," head coach John Fox said of Kwiatkoski. "He had some good games in the preseason. I know our coaching staff is very confident in him."


Sep 11 2017 - Benny Cunningham
  RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) suffered an injury against Atlanta and is day-to-day. Losing Cunningham deprives the Bears of their most effective pass blocker in the backfield, as well as a valued special teams player. The Bears cut running back Jeremy Langford at the end of the preseason and Cunningham was the third back behind Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. The Bears acquired Taquan Mizzell on waivers from the Ravens at the end of the preseason, and he still needs to become better acquainted with the offense.


Sep 11 2017 - Kevin White
  WR Kevin White (collarbone) went on injured reserve with an injury suffered when he was tackled on a reception for zero yards in Sunday's loss.


Sep 10 2017 - Kevin White
  WR Kevin White is fragile or unlucky or both. The former first-round pick injured his shoulder in the second half and did not return. White has appeared in only five games since the Bears selected him No. 7 overall in 2015 out of West Virginia. If he is out for an extended period, the Bears will have to scramble to bolster a receiving unit that already has lost Cam Meredith for the season to a knee injury.


Sep 10 2017 - Mike Glennon
  QB Mike Glennon was serviceable in his Bears' debut and will remain ahead of top draft pick Mitchell Trubisky on the quarterback depth chart for at least another week -- and probably a lot longer than that. Glennon completed his first five passes and finished 26 of 40 for 213 yards and a touchdown. His passer rating was 86.8. However, the Bears' passing game frequently looked tepid as Glennon snapped a slew of safe, dink-and-dunk passes rather than stretching the field. "I thought the guys responded pretty well to him," Bears head coach John Fox said. "It wasn't always smooth. Like all opening games, they aren't oiled up really well. You have a lot of new people. In our case, we had our quarterback's first time in the offense. I think he operated the team very well."


Sep 10 2017 - Tarik Cohen
  RB Tarik Cohen is going to cause headaches for opposing defenses. The diminutive 5-foot-6, 181-pounder out of North Carolina A&T racked up 113 yards from scrimmage (66 rushing, 47 receiving) and notched his first career touchdown on a 19-yard pass. Cohen also returned three punts for 45 yards. He finished with 158 all-purpose yards, which marked the most by a Bears rookie in his debut. "He's a baller," Bears tight end Zach Miller said. "Ain't no denying the fact that the kid is special."


Sep 10 2017 - Akiem Hicks
  DE Akiem Hicks signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension with $30 million guaranteed, multiple outlets reported. Hicks, who is now under contract with the Bears through the 2021 season, signed a two-year, $10 million deal in 2016. The 27-year-old recorded a career-high seven sacks to go along with 54 tackles while starting all 16 games last season. Hicks was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after collecting 13 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble versus the San Francisco 49ers.


Sep 6 2017 - Sherrick McManis
  DB Sherrick McManis (hamstring) practiced Wednesday on a limited basis.


Sep 6 2017 - Jonathan Bullard
  DE Jonathan Bullard (glute) practiced Wednesday on a limited basis and is expected to be ready for Sunday's game. He has played and practiced despite the injury for two weeks.


Sep 6 2017 - Sam Acho
  LB Sam Acho (ankle) practiced Wednesday on a limited basis.


Sep 6 2017 - Prince Amukamara
  CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) did not practice Wednesday and has been out since the first play of the third preseason game. Kyle Fuller has been playing in Amukamara's place.


Sep 6 2017 - Kyle Long
  G Kyle Long (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Tom Compton has played left guard in his place. The team has the option of moving center Cody Whitehair to guard and using Hroniss Grasu at center.


Sep 6 2017 - Markus Wheaton
  WR Markus Wheaton (finger) did not practice Wednesday and missed all of preseason due to a fractured pinky.


Sep 6 2017 - Eddie Jackson
  S Eddie Jackson (groin) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday after the rookie from Alabama was named to the starting safety spot opposite veteran Quintin Demps. Jackson beat out veteran Adrian Amos, a starter the last two years and is the only rookie in the starting lineup. "What we saw in the draft is his ball skills jump out right away, but he's got natural instincts and anticipation," general manager Ryan Pace said. "That's something back there that we've been looking at for a while now, and I think he pairs really well with Demps. We kind of got the savvy vet with Demps and the emerging rookie with Jackson." Jackson had been competing for punt returner, as well, but that role is going to nickel corner Bryce Callahan. Callahan beat out Cre'Von LeBlanc for the starting nickel spot.



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