The Bears' best offensive player won't be suiting up in Saturday's preseason game. In fact, he won't even be on the sideline.
Jordan Howard suffered an eye injury Friday, preventing him from flying with the team to Arizona.
Although ESPN's Adam Schefter believes it's minor, that's not a good sign for an offense that relies heavily on the run game.
Joining Howard on the inactive list are more key offensive guys:
- Kyle Long, OL
- Jeremy Langford, RB
- Joshua Bellamy, WR
- Markus Wheaton, WR
That means Mike Glennon, who is embroiled in a growing quarterback controversy, will have his work cut out for him.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears will also be missing some notables:
- Danny Trevathan, LB
- Mitch Unrein, DL
- Bryce Callahan, DB
- Alex Scearse, LB
- Jonathan Anderson, LB
- Kapron Lewis-Moore, DL
Hopefully Howard and the team can get healthy before the real deal begins because last year's injury-plagued season was certainly no fun.
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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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: