Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller has been placed on Injured Reserve due to a knee injury.
Fuller had a knee scope back in August that was termed "minor" by the Bears. He sat out all of the preseason and has been a limited participant in practice the past two weeks.
Last week, head coach John Fox said Fuller was healthier than he was before the procedure.
“I think he’s ahead of where he was pre-surgery," Fox said last Thursday. "Right now I don’t know that he’s all the way back yet but I do see improvement. He’s doing more and had more reps with the defense.”
Five days later, Fuller is on IR.
Either he suffered a major setback over the weekend or Fox press conferences, or anything any Bears coach or executive says publicly, is about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.
Jacoby Glenn has been the team's starter at cornerback the first three games of the regular season. He'll likely resume that role this week against the Detroit Lions. Rookie Deiondre' Hall is also a consideration if Glenn falters.
The Bears also waived ILB Jonathan Anderson and TE Greg Scruggs. The team has signed DL C.J. Wilson and RB Joique Bell, and activated ILB John Timu from the practice squad.
From the official press release:
Fuller has started 30-of-32 games in three seasons for the Bears (2014-16), producing 129 tackles, three TFLs, six interceptions, 24 pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He led the Bears in interceptions in 2015 (2) after tying for the team lead in 2014 (4). In his first two NFL seasons, Fuller tallied 6 interceptions and three forced fumbles, one-of-four players in the NFL to do so since start of the 2014 season (Mike Adams, Josh Norman and Earl Thomas)… In 2014 he ranked first in interceptions and tied for first in forced fumbles among rookies. He was the sixth Bears player all-time to lead NFL rookies in interceptions and first since Charles Tillman tied for 1st in 2003. Fuller was named to PFWA All-Rookie team following the 2014 season. The Virginia Tech alum was selected in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Bears.
Wilson joins the Bears appearing in 78 games (19 starts) with the Green Bay Packers (2010-13), Oakland Raiders (2014-15) and Detroit Lions (2015). The East Carolina alum owns 111 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 15 TFLs, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. He has appeared in 8 playoff contests with 3 starts, including Super Bowl XLV. He owns 17 tackles and one sack in the postseason. Wilson originally entered the NFL as a 7th round pick (230th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.
Bell has appeared in 68 games (15 starts), notching 2,234 yards on 561 attempts (4.0 avg) with 22 rushing touchdowns with the Philadelphia Eagles (2010), Indianapolis Colts (2010) and Detroit Lions (2012-15). He has also added 161 receptions for 1,640 yards (10.2 avg) and one touchdown. Bell originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Wayne State. While at Wayne state, Bell won the 2009 Harlon Hill trophy, given to the best player in Division II.
Timu is in his second season with the Bears (2015-16), appearing in 7 contests, with 3 starts at ILB, collecting 25 tackles, one TFL and two fumble recoveries. Timu spent the 2016 offseason with the club before joining the Bears practice squad prior to the start of the regular season. He recorded two fumble recoveries at Tampa Bay (12/27/15), becoming first Bears rookie with two opponent fumble recoveries in a game since LB Bryan Knight (9/22/02). The Washington alum originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Bears.
Anderson appeared in 14 games with three starts over two seasons with the Chicago Bears (2015-16), recording 41 tackles, one interception, five pass breakups and two TFLs. He also added 5 special teams tackles. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Chicago. In 2015, he and Harold Jones-Quartey became the first pair of undrafted rookies to record interceptions in the same season in Bears history.
In four seasons, Scruggs appeared in 18 games with the Seattle Seahawks (2012-14) and Chicago Bears (2015-16), collecting 11 tackles, three sacks, one pass breakup and one TFL. This past offseason he made the transition from the defensive side of the ball to tight end for the Bears. Scruggs originally entered the NFL as a 7th round pick (232nd overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft.null