Editors Note: As you can probably tell, the Bears are experiencing some personnel movement today. Before promoting S DeAndre Houston-Carson (post that follows) from the practice squad, they released WR Tanner Gentry and lost OT Dieugot Joseph from the practice squad to the Ravens.
The Chicago Bears added some depth to their secondary today, by adding safety DeAndre Houston-Carson to the active roster.
Houston-Carson was a sixth-round draft pick (185th overall) by the Bears in the 2016 NFL Draft. He played eight games and 110 snaps on the special teams unit as a rookie last year. The Bears decided against keeping Houston-Carson on the season-opening 53-man roster, but were able to stash him on the practice squad.
Houston-Carson joins a secondary that could use some fresh bodies. Last week, the team was a man short when second-year defensive back Deon Bush was put on the inactive list for Week 2 because of a hamstring injury. Additionally, Deiondre’ Hall, a fourth-round pick from the class of 2016, started the year on injured reserve.
To make room for Houston-Carson on the roster, the Bears released receiver Tanner Gentry – who could re-join the practice squad if he goes unclaimed.
Houston-Carson’s promotion from the practice squad is one of several moves the Bears announced today. To fill Houston-Carson’s spot on the practice squad, the Bears signed defensive lineman Mike Purcell.
Purcell was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming in 2013. He spent the first three years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, where he crossed paths with Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Purcell, who was a member of the All-Mountain West first team in 2012, has appeared in 25 games and has made eight starts over the last two years.