The Chicago Bears’ roster shuffle continued on Tuesday with some practice squad movement.
Jonathan Anderson re-signed with the team’s practice squad, just days after being dropped from the active roster in order to make room for defensive lineman Rashaad Coward on the 53-man roster. It’s not as if the Bears are loaded with healthy linebackers, but Chicago needed to add Coward when nose tackle Eddie Goldman was ruled out for the team’s Week 14 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Anderson has appeared in 29 games (including three starts) with the Bears over the last three years.
Chicago’s practice squad added defensive lineman Caushaud Lyons to the mix. Lyons is a 24-year-old defensive end who played his college ball at Tusculum and entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He has stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2015), Pittsburgh Steelers (2015-16), and has split the 2017 season with the Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, and Los Angeles Rams. In 2016, Lyons was cut by the Steelers as part of the team’s final round of roster cuts before landing on the practice squad a day later.
The 6-5, 295-pound lineman hasn’t played in a regular season NFL game, but has a ton of practice squad experience. And with Coward’s promotion to the active roster, the Bears needed another able-bodied defensive lineman for the 10-person team.
To make room on the practice squad, the Bears released defensive back Alex Carter. The Lions drafted Carter in the third round (80th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft, but he played just one game for Detroit in 2016.