Welp: Deiondre’ Hall’s path to a spot on the Chicago Bears’ season-opening 53-man roster has gotten a little muddier.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Hall has been suspended for violating the league’s substance policy. Hall will be able to practice and play throughout the rest of the preseason, but the suspension will keep him out for the team’s Week 1 showdown against the Green Bay Packers. The third-year defensive back entered the 2018 season with a lot to prove, but a Week 1 suspension isn’t going to help his cause.
The Bears drafted Hall in the fourth round back in 2016, but the defensive back has yet to settle into a solid position in the secondary. Hall has spent time at cornerback and safety during his first two seasons, but never found solid footing at either position. And even as he looked to be carving a possible niche as a safety this summer, he was still behind fellow safeties DeAndre Houston-Carson and Deon Bush – both of whom were also drafted in 2016.
In addition to the competition provided by his 2016 draft classmates, Hall will have to fend off newcomers Jonathon Mincy and Nick Orr for a spot among safeties. And for good measure, defensive backs such as Doran Grant, Michael Joseph, John Franklin III, and Kevin Toliver II could make a push for a roster spot in the next two weeks.
For the second straight summer, we find ourselves calling Hall’s roster spot far from secure. Remember, Hall was arrested in March 2017 and was reportedly “cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and interference” during an offseason in which the Bears brought in a wave of new players to compete in the secondary.
As things stand now after a suspension, Hall’s up-hill battle just became that much tougher.