Jaylon Johnson’s Season Ends With a Trip to IR

bears jaylon johnson franchise tag candidate
bears jaylon johnson franchise tag candidate

Cornerback Jaylon Johnson has put together yet another solid season as the Chicago Bears top cornerback. And on top of that, he has also taken over some leadership responsibilities. It has been a year of growth for No. 33 in a year where the defense hasn’t given us much to write about in a glowing manner.

Unfortunately, the Bears announced Johnson’s season is over. The Bears’ No. 1 cornerback is going to IR as part of a series of moves representing the latest bit of Chicago football roster shuffling:

Johnson’s status for Saturday’s upcoming game against the Buffalo Bills has been up-in-the-air all week. That’s because Johnson had injuries to his ribs and fingers that came from last week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Johnson, who has played through injuries earlier in the year, was sounding like he was going to try and gut it out again. But with three weeks left in this season, the more prudent move might be to get Johnson off his feet and let him look forward to the offseason. And what a key one it could be for Johnson, who is eligible for an extension when this season ends. We’ve begun discussing what that might look like. Hopefully, Johnson’s being amenable to staying in Chicago makes this easier for all parties.

Moving Johnson to IR isn’t the only transaction action happening today. Let’s run it down:

  • Fellow cornerback Kindle Vildor is joining Johnson on IR. A bothersome ankle injury has been limiting Vildor lately. The third-year corner went from seemingly being on the roster bubble at the start of training camp to a useful reserve corner. Having useful depth cannot be overlooked.
  • Another cornerback, Breon Borders, has been signed to the active roster from the practice squad. Borders has spent time with the Bills (2017), Jaguars (2018-19), Washington Football Team (2019), Titans (2020-21), and Cardinals (2022).
  • Receiver Nsimba Webster and tight end Chase Allen are being flexed from the practice squad and onto the active roster. Webster caught two passes in his season debut last week. Allen was one of the Bears’ UDFA signings from this offseason. The more, the merrier.
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    Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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