The Chicago Bears’ secondary could get a needed boost in the not-too-distant future.
Defensive back Deiondre’ Hall will return to practice for the first time in the regular season, the team announced on Wednesday. Hall’s appearance at practice opens a 21-day window in which the Bears can bring him off injured reserve and add him to the active roster. He becomes the first of two possible players who can be designated to return from IR. The second-year cornerback from Northern Iowa played eight games as a rookie in 2016, but hasn’t taken a defensive snap in 2017 because he has been on injured reserve since September.
The Bears placed Hall on IR with a hamstring injury, which opened a roster spot and allowed the team to add defensive lineman John Jenkins to its 53-man roster. Jenkins, 28, has played in just two games (14 snaps total) in 2017.
Hall, a fourth-round pick in 2016, came up with one of the handful of interceptions hauled in by members of Chicago’s secondary during his rookie season. He played 79 defensive snaps and was on the special teams unit for 64 percent of those plays as a rookie, but there was a time in the offseason when it was questionable whether Hall would be on the Bears at all in 2017.
If you’ll recall, he had an offseason arrest that stemmed from an incident in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Hall’s forthcoming nature and honesty with GM Ryan Pace regarding the situation probably saved him a roster spot.
The Bears’ secondary has been a bit of a mixed bag. Eddie Jackson and Adrian Amos have grown into an awesome tag team at safety, but Quintin Demps never seemed to get his footing with the team early. Cornerback Prince Amukamara has been the team’s best corner, but fellow free agent addition Marcus Cooper has been a disappointment and has seen his playing time diminish. Kyle Fuller played really well early, but fell on some hard times in recent weeks. His status should gain some clarity later today when the team shares its first injury report of the week. Remember, Fuller’s hand was bleeding profusely after he collided with Leonard Floyd in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss against the Detroit Lions.