Bears Cut DL, Sign WR to Practice Squad: Report

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The Chicago Bears have released defensive lineman Terry Beckner from their practice squad, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. The Bears signed Beckner to their practice squad in late-September, and they wasted no time filling his spot.

Beckner was a seventh-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he spent some time on the Bucs’ practice squad last season before being released. He served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy prior to his release from Tampa Bay last year.

Beckner played his college ball at Missouri, where he had 120 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, an interception and two fumble recoveries in his four seasons. He tore the ACL ligaments in both his right and left knees, but still managed to come back after both injuries to have a solid senior season.

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A Quick Look at Chicago’s 16-Player Practice Squad…

The Bears went and signed Beckner when nose tackle John Jenkins went on IR with a thumb injury, and now that Jenkins is back, Chicago no longer has need of his services. Beckner’s release comes at a time where the Bears are seemingly looking to add some depth to an area of need (of which there are many).

Current players on the Bears’ practice squad include: wide receiver Rodney Adams, quarterback Tyler Bray, linebacker Ledarius Mack, defensive back Marqui Christian, defensive back Xavier Crawford, offensive lineman Dieter Eiselen, wideout Reggie Davis, tight end Jesper Horsted, defensive lineman LaCale London, nose tackle Daniel McCullers, running back Lamar Miller, linebacker Manti Te’o, offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons, and offensive lineman Badara Traore. Late Tuesday, the team announced it had already filled Beckner’s spot.

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Bears Add Special Teams Ace, WR Dwayne Harris to PS

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GettyThe Chicago Bears have added WR and return specialist Dwayne Harris to their 16-player practice squad. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

After an abysmal showing Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams, Chicago was clearly looking to add some special teams depth. The Bears recently worked out wide receiver and return specialist Dwayne Harris, and now, they’ve added him to the practice squad. Harris has a career average of 10.1 yards per punt return over his career, and he has been named Special Teams Player of the Week six times.

It would shock no one if the Bears released veteran receiver Ted Ginn Jr. while adding Harris to the active roster sometime soon. Ginn has been dreadful at fielding punts in Tarik Cohen’s absence, and he has added very little value.

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