"We like Chris, we like what he's done, he's worked in the system, he's learning the system, he's been around a long time, he's worked awfully hard for us and we do plan to get Henry on the field as we did last night," said head coach Dick Jauron Tuesday. "We've got three more games and I think it'll be great experience for Henry. We'll just see where it goes game to game."
Lyman ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) graft in his left knee suffered during the Bears 30-20 loss to the Packers (12/1). The graft was from a previous ACL reconstructive surgery he had in college. Lyman's injury came during his best day as a pro. In addition to scoring his first NFL touchdowns, he had career bests in receptions and yards with seven grabs for 58 yards, finishing the season with 14 catches for 121 yards.
Thomas, the 2001 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, fractured his left index finger during that same game (Dec. 1 at Green Bay). He was the Bears leading rusher with 721 yards on 214 carries with six touchdowns. Thomas was also the Bears third-leading receiver at the time of his injury with 24 receptions for 163 yards.
This is Joyce's second stint on the Bears practice squad. He was originally signed to the practice squad (11/12), then released (12/3). He's a 5-10, 200 pounder out of Tennessee State, and was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent (5/3/02) and waived during training camp (8/27/02). He started 35 of 38 games during his collegiate career, recording 108 tackles with 30 passes defended with four interceptions.