Washington has released starting ILB Mason Foster on the eve of the team opening training camp. Foster had spent offseason workouts in the same role he filled the past 2 years: starting MLB in the team's 3-4 base defense. His ouster leaves Shaun Dion Hamilton and recent signee Jon Bostic the likely inside starters. The move comes at the end of an offseason that saw fellow incumbent Zach Brown also get the boot and Reuben Foster tear an ACL. Bostic looks like the top IDP option there for now. We'll see what camp and the preseason reveal. Don't be surprised if the 30-year-old Mason Foster lands with another team.
The Colts have ruled LB Antonio Morrison out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals with an elbow injury. Jon Bostic was already the 100% playing-time LB if you were looking for a Colts LB in your IDP lineup.
The Bears on Tuesday signed LB Mason Foster. The former Buc struggled as Tampa's middle starter, especially in coverage. But Foster is an athletic player with some big-play upside if he can land a 3-down role in Chicago's new D. Foster figures to compete for an ILB job in what's expected to primarily be a 3-4 front. LBs Jon Bostic, Christian Jones, Khaseem Greene and perhaps Shea McClellin stand as other current likely competitors inside.
The Bears must shuffle their LB lineup again after placing MLB D.J. Williams on IR Thursday with a neck injury. That'll slide Jon Bostic from the weak side -- where he had taken over for IR'd Lance Briggs -- to the middle. Rookie Christian Jones is expected to start on the weak side. Bostic's a decent IDP option against a Saints team that ranks among the top 10 friendliest to LB scoring. Jones would be a pretty big gamble at a time in the fantasy schedule when you should really try to limit such moves.
Bears LB Jon Bostic started on the weak side in the Thanksgiving Day loss at Detroit, a day before the team placed veteran WLB Lance Briggs on IR with a groin injury. That likely ends Briggs' career in Chicago and could set up Bostic as the long-term replacement. Bostic collected 11 tackles, his 2nd-most this season, and produced a career-best 7 solo stops. Bostic disappointed as the middle starter last year after D.J. Williams went down, which followed an intriguing rookie training camp. He has performed better as primarily the strong-side starter this year but still likely has more to prove before earning Briggs' old job beyond this season. For IDP owners, Bostic stands as a just-average option in Week 14 but will be worth a look against the Saints in Week 15.
Bears rookie CB Kyle Fuller is expected to play Sunday against New England despite breaking his right hand and suffering a hip pointer in the Week 7 loss to Miami. Playing with a cast will obviously affect Fuller's ability to secure INTs, which makes him tough to like on the IDP front. Elsewhere on the Chicago D, starting LBs Lance Briggs (ribs) and Jon Bostic (back) are doubtful for Sunday despite putting in limited practices all week.
Bears DT Henry Melton practiced Monday and said he believes he'll play in the regular-season opener. Melton had been out since the 1st preseason game because of a concussion. Chicago also got LB D.J. Williams back on the field from a July 31 calf injury. The team still considers him day-to-day, though, and doesn't yet know if he'll play Sunday. Rookie MLB Jon Bostic impressed after Williams got hurt, however, and might keep his starting job even if Williams gets cleared. On the offensive side, Bears WR Earl Bennett expects to be ready to play after returning from his own preseason concussion.
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