When it comes to the early season injury report, the Chicago Bears have been more fortunate than they have been in recent seasons. Still, the injury bug isn’t totally avoidable. So entering Week 4, we shouldn’t be surprised to see the team testing the water in case it needs to pull someone out of the free agency pool to improve their depth.
Chris Emma of 670 The Score reports the Bears brought in Sterling Moore for a workout on Monday. Moore is a 28-year-old corner who has 75 games (31 starts) of game experience with the Patriots (2011-12), Cowboys (2012-14), Buccaneers (2015), and Saints (2016-17). He spent time with the Lions during the summer, but ultimately did not make the team’s season-opening roster.
The Bears could use Moore’s fresh body in their secondary after a rough Week 3. Marcus Cooper Sr. didn’t suit up for the Bears’ match-up against the Cardinals because of a hamstring injury, keeping one of the team’s more experienced defensive backs and growing core contributor to the special teams lineup out of action. Chicago’s cornerbacks room took another hit during Sunday’s win when Prince Amukamara left the game early because of a hamstring injury of his own. Without Amukamara and Cooper, the Cardinals were left to pick on undrafted free agent rookie cornerback Kevin Toliver II.
But before you start penciling in a new depth option, Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate reports Moore is visiting the Saints. Moore played 19 games for the Saints in 2016 and 17, starting 12 games, and coming away with a pair of interceptions. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a Saints team bring back someone they are familiar with after losing Patrick Robinson to an ankle injury on Sunday.
It’s possible the Bears won’t need additional secondary help when Sunday rolls around. Amukamara didn’t seem concerned about the long-term impact of the injury and Cooper’s return could be right around the corner. But still … it’s always good to keep your eyes open to options that could be helpful.