Even though the Chicago Bears received some positive long-term news regarding Nick Kwiatkoski’s injured pectoral muscle, the team needed a short term replacement with the linebacker out for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Bears didn’t have to go far to fill Kwiatkoski’s spot on the roster, signing inside linebacker John Timu from the practice squad.
Timu is no stranger to the Bears locker room having played 18 games with the team over the last two seasons. The Bears signed Timu in 2015 as an undrafted free agent out of Washington. Timu started four of the 11 games he appeared in last year and three more in his seven games as a rookie in 2015. His starting experience could come in handy for a linebacker corps that is trotting out its third different starting partner for Danny Trevathan in as many games.
Christian Jones played 47 snaps in Week 2 and started 13 games as recently as 2015, while Jonathan Anderson – who was elevated from the practice squad last week when Jerrell Freeman went on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle – played 12 snaps.
To make room on the active roster, the Bears have waived wide receiver Tre McBride. Chicago picked up McBride off waivers from the Tennessee Titans after teams trimmed their rosters to 53 before Week 1. McBride played one snap in the one game he appeared in during his brief career with the Bears.