Player News - Bears

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Devin Hester announced his retirement after 11 seasons in the NFL.

Hester hinted he was done after the Seahawks lost to the Falcons in the Divisional Round in January, but he is finally making it official. One of the best return men to ever lace them up, Hester retires owning the record for career punt return touchdowns (14) and career non-offensive touchdowns (20) as well as the third-most punt return yards (3,695) in NFL history. Most of that damage was done with the Bears, who drafted him in the second round of the 2006 draft. Hester finishes his career with three All-Pro nods and four Pro Bowls.
Dec 12 - 10:23 AM

Bears TE Zach Miller (injured reserve) had to undergo eight surgeries on his injured left leg.

According to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson, Miller has "no timetable to resume a normal life," but is confident it will happen. Miller hasn't given up on the idea of returning to football, but the 33-year-old tight end's career is likely over. From a contractual standpoint, Miller will be a 2018 free agent.
Dec 11 - 3:17 PM

Adam Shaheen caught 4-of-5 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' Week 14 win over the Bengals.

The Bengals often left Shaheen uncovered in the middle of the field, and he made them pay with a high-efficiency effort on the same day Mitchell Trubisky enjoyed his season-best game. Shaheen is a player the Bears need to get on the field more down the stretch of a lost season. He will draw a favorable Week 15 matchup against a Lions defense that struggles versus tight ends.
Dec 10 - 4:30 PM

Mitchell Trubisky completed 25-of-32 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown and rushed twice for five yards and another score in the Bears' Week 14 blowout win over the Bengals.

This was easily Trubisky's season-best game. Bears WR Kendall Wright and TE Adam Shaheen created consistent separation versus Cincinnati's undermanned secondary, and Trubisky put his athleticism to use on a four-yard zone-read keeper for a four-yard touchdown. Trubisky's passing score was good to Shaheen. Trubisky will remain a two-quarterback-league play when the Bears visit Detroit next.
Dec 10 - 4:24 PM

Dontrelle Inman was held catch-less in the Bears' Week 14 win over the Bengals.

We didn't see him on the field much as Kendall Wright dominated the Bears' receiving workload. Inman can safely be dropped in 14- and 16-team leagues.
Dec 10 - 4:23 PM

Kendall Wright caught 10-of-11 targets for 107 yards in the Bears' Week 14 win over the Bengals.

Wright was terrific against a Bengals secondary missing both Pacman Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick, finding easy separation in the short and intermediate areas and converting contested catches when called on. Wright has always been long on talent, but he has always been short on consistency, particularly in Chicago's run-first attack. He'll remain a dicey WR4/flex option when the Bears visit the Lions next.
Dec 10 - 4:20 PM

Tarik Cohen rushed 12 times for 80 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for five yards in the Bears' Week 14 win over the Bengals.

Cohen also had an early touchdown called back when it was revealed part of his shoe went out of bounds about halfway through the run. Jordan Howard scored from 24 yards out on the very next play. Cohen's dynamic playmaking ability has never been in doubt, but his weekly offensive usage has. He'll remain a boom-bust, low-floor flex option in Week 15 at Detroit.
Dec 10 - 4:18 PM

Jordan Howard rushed 23 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns and caught 1-of-2 targets for eight yards in the Bears' Week 14 win over the Bengals.

With no Vontaze Burfict (concussion) on the other side, the Bears opened gaping holes against the Bengals' defense throughout Sunday's game, and Howard trucked defenders for chunk-yardage runs throughout. Howard has proven to be a boom-bust RB2 because he is so game flow dependent, but game flow certainly worked in his favor in this one. Howard will get another plus matchup when the Bears visit the run-defense-leaky Lions in Week 15.
Dec 10 - 4:12 PM

Bears declared RB Taquon Mizzell, S DeAndre Houston-Carson, QB Mark Sanchez, S Adrian Amos, NT Eddie Goldman, OLB Pernell McPhee, and OG Cameron Lee inactive for Week 14 against the Bengals.

Goldman and McPhee are significant losses against Andy Dalton's Bengals. Their absences also upgrade the fantasy outlook for Giovani Bernard.
Dec 10 - 11:37 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, "several coaches" on the Bears' staff believe it will "not end well" for head coach John Fox this year.

Mike Garafolo, also of NFL Network, added that Fox seems to have "accepted his fate." A textbook over-thinker, Fox has gone just 12-32 over his three seasons with the Bears, peppering his tenure with embarrassing missteps. Fox cost his team a touchdown on an ill-advised challenge earlier this year and refused to let the 49ers score a late touchdown last week, instead letting San Francisco run out the clock and kick a game-winning field goal. Fox has been over his head since he arrived in Chicago and has finally run out of rope. The Bears are likely to start over with a brand new coaching staff this offseason, though at least they have a franchise quarterback to build around in Mitchell Trubisky.
Dec 10 - 9:03 AM

Bears placed RG Kyle Long on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season.

The Bears have also placed DL Mitch Unrein on injured reserve. Attempting to play through a torn labrum, Long made it only 16 snaps before departing Sunday's loss to the 49ers. 2017 is the second straight season he will finish on I.R. after an ankle injury landed him there last year. Once one of the league's best interior lineman, Long hasn't been the same as he's battled all the injuries over the past two years. Signed through 2021, he turned 29 on Tuesday. Hopefully he will be healthy and refreshed for 2018.
Dec 5 - 4:34 PM

Bears will sign K Mike Nugent, formerly of the Cowboys.

He'll replace injured Cairo Santos. One of the NFL's least-accurate kickers in 2014-2016 with the Bengals, Nugent went 7-of-9 on field goals during a brief stint with Dallas earlier this year. He won't be a fantasy option in Chicago.
Dec 4 - 4:55 PM

The Bears are considering shutting down RG Kyle Long (shoulder) for the season.

Long lasted only 16 snaps before exiting Sunday's Week 13 loss to the 49ers. Long has been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder. Should Long hit injured reserve, journeyman T/G Tom Compton would take over at right guard.
Dec 4 - 4:53 PM

Adam Shaheen was held catch-less in the Bears' Week 13 loss to the 49ers.

Shaheen had a nice box score three weeks ago when Dion Sims missed with an illness. Otherwise, the second-round rookie has been a fantasy non-factor all year.
Dec 3 - 4:38 PM

Dontrelle Inman caught 2-of-2 targets for 21 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' Week 13 loss to the 49ers.

Inman caught each of his two targets early in the first quarter -- including an eight-yard score -- and wasn't heard from thereafter. The Bears ran just 36 offensive plays, limiting their box-score production across the board. Inman will remain a low-floor WR4/flex option when the Bears visit Cincinnati next.
Dec 3 - 4:37 PM


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