Player News - Bears

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Eddie Royal (toe) is not practicing Wednesday.

Royal has been a total disaster since signing a three-year deal with Chicago before last season. He's been hurt far more often than not. Royal missed Week 13. Josh Bellamy and Cameron Meredith are the Nos. 1 and 2 receivers.
Dec 7 - 3:09 PM

Marquess Wilson (groin) did not practice Wednesday.

Neither did Eddie Royal (toe), leaving Josh Bellamy and Cameron Meredith as the Bears' top two receivers with Daniel Brown at tight end. The Bears are going to ride Jordan Howard as hard as they can the final four weeks.
Dec 7 - 3:06 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune's Mike Mulligan, John Fox will return for a third season as the Bears' coach in 2017.

After going 6-10 in his first season with Chicago, Fox has guided the Bears to a 3-9 mark through 12 games this year. The loss of OC Adam Gase has been substantial, and the promotion of QBs coach Dowell Loggains hasn't panned out. But according to Mulligan, word is Bears DC Vic Fangio is the one who won't be back. Fangio is probably the Bears' best coach on their entire staff, and the defensive issues have mostly been due to a lack of talent in the secondary and a rash of injuries in the front-seven. Fox is unlikely to turn this thing around in Chicago.
Dec 7 - 10:04 AM

Bears claimed CB Johnthan Banks off waivers from the Lions.

This was the corresponding move when Jay Cutler (shoulder) was placed on I.R. A second-round bust in the 2013 draft, Banks has now spent time with the Bucs, Lions, and Bears this year. Banks will get a month-long look-see in Chicago. The 27-year-old's contract expires in March.
Dec 5 - 5:48 PM

Josh Bellamy caught 4-of-6 targets for 93 yards in Week 13 against the 49ers.

He also had a 12-yard run. Bellamy saw the majority of his snaps after Marquess Wilson went down. He led Chicago in both yards and targets, but dropped a would-be touchdown. Bellamy could start Week 14 if Wilson misses time.
Dec 4 - 5:14 PM

Cameron Meredith caught 3-of-4 targets for 67 yards in Chicago's Week 13 win over the 49ers.

It's not a bad game given the conditions at Soldier Field. Meredith saw fewer targets than Josh Bellamy but got open on a few deep plays. He has potential for a bigger game next week with Eddie Royal out. Meredith will be in the WR4 mix.
Dec 4 - 5:09 PM

Matt Barkley completed 11-of-18 passes for 192 yards in Week 13 against the 49ers.

Barkley wasn't asked to do much in a game with bad conditions. He had a would-be touchdown dropped, but was able to manage Chicago to a win. Barkley isn't on the streaming radar for Week 14 against Detroit.
Dec 4 - 4:57 PM

Marquess Wilson suffered a groin injury in Week 13 against the 49ers.

Wilson dropped his only target before going down. He missed the entire second half but the injury wasn't reported until after the game. Josh Bellamy saw the most snaps opposite Cameron Meredith and would likely start if Wilson misses time.
Dec 4 - 4:32 PM

Jordan Howard had 32 carries for 117 yards and three touchdowns in Chicago's Week 13 win over the 49ers.

Howard scored his touchdowns on three straight drives in the red zone. The conditions at Soldier Field forced a run-heavy gamescript, with Chicago feeding Howard a career-high 32 times. The per-carry average wasn't great, but Howard ran hard all game and faced stacked fronts trying to kill the clock late. Howard has five 100-plus yard games and at least 90 total yards in eight of the last nine weeks. He's a back-end RB1 for Week 14 against Detroit.
Dec 4 - 4:10 PM

Eddie Royal (toe) is inactive for Week 13 against the 49ers.

Royal wasn't expected to play after not practicing all week. Matt Barkley spread it around against the Titans last week, but Cameron Meredith should see the biggest increase in targets. The rest of Chicago's inactives are QB Jay Cutler, S Adrian Amos, DB De'Vante Bausby, DL Jonathan Bullard, OL Cornelius Edison, and DB Delondre Hall.
Dec 4 - 11:34 AM

Lions released CB Johnthan Banks.

The Lions gave up a 2018 seventh-round pick for Banks at the trade deadline. He lasted just four weeks on their active roster. Banks is in danger of falling out of the league.
Dec 3 - 4:40 PM

Chicago CB Kyle Fuller (knee, I.R.) is nearing a return to field for the first time since 2015.

Fuller was placed on injured reserve after undergoing a knee scope in August, but has practiced all week as his potential return date nears. "Now we’re just working through him medically, durability-wise, and how much he can play," said coach John Fox. While Fuller's Week 13 status is still in question, he should have a good shot to see playing time in Week 14 and help the Chicago defense that has recorded just two interceptions since Week 4. The Bears D/ST is a risky streaming option this week at home against San Francisco.
Source: CSN Chicago
Dec 3 - 1:28 PM

Eddie Royal (toe) is questionable for Week 13 against the 49ers.

Royal didn't practice this week and seems like a long shot for Sunday. He actually had negative yards in his last game. Royal won't be a fantasy option even if he suits up this week.
Dec 2 - 1:54 PM

Eddie Royal (toe) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

It's not a good sign for his Week 13 availability. Royal can be safely ruled out if he doesn't return to at least a limited practice on Friday.
Dec 1 - 2:49 PM

Jay Cutler will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Saturday.

Cutler is believed to have a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He'll finish 2016 with 1,059 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions over five appearances. There's a high-percentage chance Cutler has played his final down as a Bear. Matt Barkley will be the starting quarterback down the stretch of the Bears' latest failed season, with David Fales handling backup duty.
Dec 1 - 2:44 PM


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