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Steelers sign RB Kerrith Whyte, Jr. from Bears' practice squad

Steelers sign RB Kerrith Whyte, Jr. from Bears' practice squad

With the exception of running back David Montgomery, the Bears' 2019 rookie class has been an utter disaster.

That disaster was made a little bit worse on Saturday when the Pittsburgh Steelers signed seventh-round pick Kerrith Whyte Jr. off the Bears' practice squad. Whyte, who played second fiddle to Devin Singletary as a collegiate running back at FAU, had a strong preseason in his effort to make the final roster. Ultimately, those efforts fell short, but he impressed enough to earn a spot on the Bears' practice squad, where he's been stashed all season.

Whyte was part of a draft class that included Montgomery (third round), wide receiver Riley Ridley (fourth round), cornerback Duke Shelley (sixth round), Whyte (seventh round) and defensive back Stephen Denmark (seventh round).

Not much can be expected from a rookie class that's without a first or second-round pick, but it's surprising that Ridley and Shelley haven't contributed more than they have. Ridley has yet to record a snap this season.

The Bears' decision to waive running back Mike Davis last week leaves the team with Montgomery, Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall on the depth chart. 

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Javon Wims pretended to be a fan and discussed Week 14 injury with driver

Javon Wims pretended to be a fan and discussed Week 14 injury with driver

Javon Wims left the Bears' Week 14 victory over the Cowboys in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury.

The severity of the injury was unknown at the time, but fortunately, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that it's "nothing major."

Saturday afternoon, Wims posted a rather comical exchange between himself and a car driver (presumably an Uber driver, though that's not confirmed), wherein he discussed his injury as if he was just another fan. 

"Nah he's not too bad," Wims assured the driver, after the driver said he hoped Wims wasn't seriously hurt. "I think he'll be alright... You know, I was at that game, so I saw him walk off. He walked off pretty gingerly, but it looked like he was okay. 

"That kid got a bright future ahead of him, he got all the intangibles," Wims continued. 

The two shared a laugh when Wims revealed his true identity. Wims' status for next week's matchup with the Packers isn't clear at the moment, but it's nice to see him making lemonade out of lemons for the time being.

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NFL fines Lions, Matt Patricia for violating Injury Report Policy before Week 10 game against Bears

NFL fines Lions, Matt Patricia for violating Injury Report Policy before Week 10 game against Bears

The Lions fought admirably in their Thanksgiving day loss to their Bears — even without starting QB Matthew Stafford, who missed the game with a back injury.

With third-stringer David Blough under center, Detroit hung around all game, but were outdone by a late Mitch Trubisky game-winning drive, falling 24-20.

In the moment, Stafford's absence was a surprising development. Now, according to a report by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Lions organization, head coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are all facing fines for not properly updating Stafford's status in advance of the game:

It's insult to injury for a team currently in the basement of the NFC North at 3-8-1. Two victories over the Lions over a span of four weeks helped spark Trubisky and the Bears to the late-season surge they're currently enjoying.

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