The Chicago Bears’ roster shakeup continued on Monday with the signing of defensive lineman John Jenkins and placement of defensive back Deiondre’ Hall on injured reserve because of a hamstring injury.
Jenkins isn’t new to the Bears, having signed in the offseason as the Bears sought to beef up their interior defensive line. But the team cut ties with Jenkins on its way to trimming the roster to 53. Bringing Jenkins back into the fold gives the defense an experienced backup nose tackle behind third-year starter Eddie Goldman. Jenkins has played 51 games (22 starts) in his five-year career, seeing his most action for the New Orleans Saints in 2012 when he started 12 games.
Losing Hall in the secondary is a bit of a disappointment, but perhaps the time off will be used to better acclimate him to his new position. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Hall will be eligible to return later in the season. The Bears were transitioning Hall from cornerback to safety. Drafted in the fourth round in 2016, Hall played eight games and came up with one of the team’s eight interceptions last season.
What’s more concerning is the Bears already have nine players on injured reserve. Here’s the list:
- RB Ka’Deem Carey
- DB Deiondre’ Hall
- LB Lamarr Houston
- OL Eric Kush
- WR Cameron Meredith
- OL Jordan Morgan
- DB Chris Prosinski
- WR Rueben Randle
- LS Patrick Scales
So much for that healthier 2017.