The reinforcements are coming, tra-la, tra-la!
And while it’s nothing like that scene from The Avengers series where waves of help come to Captain America’s aid, it sorta feels like it because of how banged up this Bears bunch has been in recent weeks:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 16, 2020
Center Cody Whitehair has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Whitehair is set to return to his role as starting center after missing the last two games. Landing on the reserve/virus list is tough enough, but remember that Whitehair was also nursing a calf injury he suffered in Week 7. But after some time off and clearing COVID-19 protocols, Whitehair re-joins the middle of the line.
Joining Whitehair on the game day roster is running back Lamar Miller. Miller signed with Chicago in October, but needed time to work into game shape. The two-time 1,000-yard rusher missed the 2019 season because of a knee injury suffered in the preseason, so it makes sense as to why the Bears were cautious in getting him up to speed. Miller will take some snaps that would’ve otherwise gone to David Montgomery, who is out because of a concussion.
The Bears’ other practice squad call-up is offensive lineman Eric Kush. This is Kush’s second stint with the Bears, and his experience as a guard and center bolsters the team’s depth along the offensive line’s interior. On the other side of the line, the team announced the signing of Daniel McCullers from the practice squad. McCullers is a nose tackle by trade, and a big one, too. The 6-7, 352-pound monster could help slow down Vikings star rusher Dalvin Cook.
And finally, Chicago recalled quarterback Tyler Bray. The Bears’ QB2 gets elevation from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement. Bray’s call-up comes as offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Altogether, it’s a slew of moves that could help bring life to a team that needs it. Particularly with Whitehair’s return to the offensive line. Nothing like adding a 2018 Pro Bowler to the bunch to lift some spirits.
BIG-time promo for tonight's game, assuming you think the Bears can score at least once.
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) November 16, 2020