The Chicago Bears are undergoing a roster shakeup today.
No, it has nothing to do with that (at least not right now).
Chicago’s 16-player practice squad has two new openings:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 15, 2020
Cowboys elected not to promote LB Francis Bernard from practice squad, signing LB Rashad Smith off Bears’ PS instead. But they’ll be protecting Bernard for a second straight week. No other team can sign him. This was only way Dallas could have both Bernard and Smith in building.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 15, 2020
Philadelphia signed Jamon Brown, an interior offensive lineman whose time with the Bears lasted less than 10 days. Chicago signed Brown to its practice squad on September 6, bringing on the veteran lineman on for depth purposes because of his experience at both guard spots. Brown, 27, joins an injury riddled Eagles offensive line. Sam Mustipher, Lachavious Simmons, and Badara Traore are the remaining offensive lineman on the Bears’ practice squad.
In addition to Brown’s departure, Chicago has also lost inside linebacker Rashad Smith to the Dallas Cowboys. Smith, 23, was one of the Bears’ undrafted free agent signings from last spring. Because of the lack of experience in among the depth players on the ILB depth chart, I thought Smith had an outside shot of knocking off Josh Woods or Joel Iyiegbuniwe. But both returning reserves locked in gigs on the season-opening 53-man roster, relegating Smith to the practice squad. However, Smith’s time there didn’t last long as the Cowboys signed him instead of promoting linebacker Francis Bernard.
So in addition to other things the team is dealing with, the Bears now have two spots to fill on the practice squad roster.