Shark Bites

The Bears on Saturday placed TE Trey Burton on IR with his calf injury, ending a season that was injury marred from the start. Burton hit September limited by a groin issue after offseason core-muscle surgery. He totaled just 14 catches in 8 games and never topped 20 yards in a single week. He'll be just 28 at the start of the 2020 season, though, with 2 years remaining on his contract. TE Adam Shaheen is also out or Sunday night's game against the Rams, leaving Ben Braunecker as Chicago's lead TE. There will be some upside to Shaheen once he's back from his foot injury.

Bears TEs Trey Burton (calf) and Adam Shaheen (foot) are out for Sunday night’s game against the Rams. That leaves Ben Braunecker as Chicago’s top TE, but he’s still not much of a fantasy option on this struggling offense.

Bears RB David Montgomery (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Rams. He “lightly rolled” his ankle on Wednesday, per HC Matt Nagy, didn’t practice on Thursday and was limited on Friday. The late kickoff puts fantasy owners in a tough spot here. Hopefully we get an update on Montgomery Sunday morning. His absence would leave Chicago’s backfield to Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall.

Bears RB David Montgomery was held out of Thursday's practice with an ankle injury. HC Matt Nagy said his rookie "lightly rolled" the ankle in Wednesday's practice. That doesn't sound like a serious injury, but we can't consider Montgomery a lock for Sunday night's game against the Rams. Check back tomorrow for another update on his status. Montgomery's absence would leave Chicago's backfield to Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall.

Bears ILB Danny Trevathan left Sunday's win over the Lions in the 1st half with a nasty left elbow injury that put his arm in a sling. ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports that HC Matt Nagy said the team wouldn't know the extent of the injury for "a couple days." Trevathan will have an MRI Monday. Nick Kwiatkoski filled in for Trevathan and would take over the starting spot should Trevathan miss further time.

Bears RB David Montgomery is expected to get "a lot of carries" against the Chargers today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie got the rock just twice in last week's loss to the Saints, and it sounds like HC Matt Nagy wants to rectify that. Montgomery averaged 15.8 carries over the previous 4 games, so it's not like we haven't seen Chicago feature him. There's upside here vs. the Chargers' 21st-ranked RB defense.

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Saints. He ends up missing just 1 game with his dislocated left shoulder. The injury was to his non-throwing arm, so it shouldn’t impact his passing. But it could definitely limit his rushing.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) will start against the Saints today. The left shoulder issue shouldn't impact Trubisky's throwing, but it might limit his rushing. He's just a low-end QB2.

Bears WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He exploded for 3 TDs in his last outing but totaled just 3 catches for 35 scoreless yards over the first 2 weeks. Gabriel remains just a fantasy flier.

The Bears list QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Saints. He put in 3 full practices, though, so we’re expecting him to get the start. Of course, Trubisky is just a low-end QB2 vs. a hot New Orleans defense.

The Bears on Tuesday placed DL Akiem Hicks on IR. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Hicks had been getting opinions on the elbow he injured in their Week 5 loss to the Raiders over Chicago's bye. Even if he's a candidate to be designated to return, that wouldn't come until the end of the regular season. So IDP owners should certainly drop Hicks from redraft rosters. His absence hurts the team D outlook as well, while leaving snaps available for players such as Nick Williams and Roy Robertson-Harris.

Bears DL Akiem Hicks left Sunday's loss to the Raiders early with "what appeared to be a dislocated left elbow," according to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson. Hicks did not return to the game. He'll get a Week 6 bye to try to get it ready to play. Hicks, of course, entered the game questionable with a knee injury that cost him Week 4.

Bears DE Akiem Hicks is active for today's game against the Raiders. He missed last week with a knee injury that kept him out of practice Wednesday and Thursday. Hicks returned to a limited Friday workout. He'll be a risky IDP option but is available for deeper leagues.

Bears DE Akiem Hicks is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. He returned to a limited practice Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday. Hicks sat out Week 4 with a knee injury and clearly isn't back to full strength. We'll see if he's active or the game, but he'll carry risk even if he is.

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) is out for this weekend’s game against the Raiders. He reportedly has a shot to return after the Week 6 bye. QB Chase Daniel gets the start on Sunday and is in the QB2 mix in the plus matchup.

Bears WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion) didn't travel with the team to London and is out for Sunday's game against the Raiders. WR Javon Wims actually played ahead of WR Anthony Miller with Gabriel out last week. Allen Robinson is the only Chicago WR that should be in Week 5 fantasy lineups.

Bears ILB Roquan Smith put in a full practice Wednesday and told reports that he will play Sunday against the Raiders. We still don't know anything more than that it was a "personal issue," but Smith said it's "behind us now." IDP owners should go ahead back to usual treatment of the young LB, who we've added to the Week 5 LB rankings.

ESPN.com reports that Bears LB Roquan Smith "will be out indefinitely while the team gives him the time he needs to deal with a personal issue." According to Bears writer Jeff Dickerson, "Smith had not been acting like himself around the team facilities for the past week or so." HC Matt Nagy has refused this week to go into any further detail on Smith's situation. IDP owners obviously need to treat the LB as out for at least Week 5. With a Week 6 bye following, Smith becomes droppable in shallower IDP leagues. Where you can afford the bench spot, we'd try to hold him a little longer to see if we can get more insight into the situation. Nick Kwiatkoski started in Smith's place against the Vikings last Sunday but played only 55% of the snaps. Kevin Pierre-Louis also jumped in for 40%. If you need a Smith replacement, search elsewhere.

Bears HC Matt Nagy refused to give any details either after Sunday's game or on Monday about why LB Roquan Smith missed the win over the Vikings. He would only call it "personal reasons," according to multiple reports. CB Prince Amukamara told the Chicago Tribune later Monday that even Smith's teammates don't know what's up with him. We'll have to keep an eye on Smith this week. Traveling to London for Sunday's game against the Raiders could further complicate his status if there's a particular issue -- or several -- that Smith needs to sort out.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky "doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Raiders in London with his left shoulder injury. The team hasn't provided any details on the injury, but former NFL head team Dr. David Chao believes Trubisky dislocated the shoulder and tore his labrum. Since it's the non-throwing shoulder, Chao believes Trubisky will end up missing just 1-2 weeks. Chicago has a Week 6 bye, so Trubisky might end up just missing 1 game. QB Chase Daniel figures to start vs. the Raiders this weekend.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Trubisky's shoulder is dislocated with a slight labrum tear. He's expected to travel to London with the team but likely won't play.

 
 
 

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