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Matt Nagy doesn't expect Bears DT Bilal Nichols to land on IR with wrist injury

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Matt Nagy doesn't expect Bears DT Bilal Nichols to land on IR with wrist injury

The Bears avoided losing a key member of their defense to the injured reserve, or so it seems.

Monday, Bears head coach Matt Nagy said Bilal Nichols has a wrist injury, but he doesn't expect the defensive tackle to land on the IR.

Nagy added the Bears will know more about Nichols' status in the next day or two.

Nichols exited Sunday's game against the Broncos in the second quarter with a hand injury. Not only was the 23-year-old ruled out for the rest of the game as a result, but he had a cast on his right hand postgame. The Bears, of course, won 16-14 via a clutch last-second 53-yard field goal from Eddy Pineiro.

Nichols, whom the Bears selected in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, recorded three sacks as a rookie last season. 

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Taylor Gabriel says goodbye to Chicago in two-part Twitter post

Taylor Gabriel says goodbye to Chicago in two-part Twitter post

The Bears parted ways with wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, releasing him and cornerback Prince Amukamara on Friday.

Gabriel, who played two seasons with the Bears, took to Twitter to thank the fans and the city of Chicago as a whole for his time with the squad. His kind message came attached to video clips of two of Gabriel's six receiving touchdowns as a Bear.

Over his two years and 25 games with the Bears, Gabriel racked up 96 receptions, 1,041 yards, and 6 touchdowns.

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5 players the Bears can target to replace Prince Amukamara

5 players the Bears can target to replace Prince Amukamara

The Chicago Bears released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara on Friday in a move that was expected in order to free up salary-cap space in advance of free agency this March.

By moving on from Amukamara, the Bears will have an additional $9 million to spend on the open market, which could ultimately be used on his replacement. It could also be shifted to other positions of need along the offensive line or on that pesky veteran quarterback who's sure to rile up the fan base.

There's also the Allen Robinson contract extension that eventually needs to get hammered out.

The good news for Chicago is there are several viable options who will be available in free agency and the NFL draft that can replace Amukamara in the starting lineup. Here's a look at five of them:

5 players the Bears can target to replace Prince Amukamara