The list of inactive players for today’s Chicago Bears game against the Detroit Lions is OUT. And it features a familiar face who is seemingly on the roster bubble.
Wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. is a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. Jones, a third-round pick by Chicago in 2022, has had a rough go of it in his pro career. But Jones’ performance in his last two active games (which featured two bad special teams penalties and a drop that cost the Bears a touchdown) appears to have pushed him back into Head Coach Matt Eberflus’ dog house. Something similar happened last year and VJJ rebounded. Doing it again will be challenging if he can’t get on the field.
One player who is active today and deserves some recognition is D’Onta Foreman. While Khalil Herbert was out on injured reserve, Foreman held it down in the backfield. He even won some hardware for his efforts. Not bad for a guy who was a healthy scratch for four weeks at the start of the season. There was a thought that being on the injury report all week might keep Foreman out of the lineup. Instead, he is active.
I’ll be curious to see how the Bears deploy the three-headed running back monster of Herbert, Foreman, and rookie Roschon Johnson today (and in the weeks ahead).
Also active is linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. I didn’t think that his knee injury would allow him to get the green light today. But a late-in-the-week upgrade on the injury report was enough. Edmunds went from not practicing on Wednesday and Thursday to doing so in a limited capacity on Friday. Evidently, the Bears like what they see and are comfortable enough to give their top middle linebacker the A-OK to play on Sunday.
More for you in Pre-gamin’ coming up…