The Chicago Bears elevated tight end Ben Braunecker from the practice squad Saturday afternoon. Braunecker was an undrafted free agent out of Harvard following this past year’s draft. He had been waived from the regular roster by Chicago prior to the start of the regular season.
Defensive lineman CJ Wilson, who was signed earlier this week likely to step in the place of the injured Jonathan Bullard, was waived in turn.
As the Bears continue to deal with injuries and look to settle in young offensive pieces, Braunecker may eventually receive an opportunity in the lineup. Logan Paulsen hasn’t necessarily impressed as the number two tight end up to this point, after all. In short spurts of film from college, Braunecker seems to be a solid enough all-around player to take advantage of that hole or make an impact as the third guy.
We won’t know for sure until that time comes though as it’s hard to see Braunecker playing much against the Detroit Lions this Sunday.
This also means Bullard-who had been dealing with a toe injury-has probably healed well, making the Bears comfortable enough to release depth like Wilson on the defensive line.
As the Bears continue to retool their roster, we’ll have more information when it comes up.
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for the Rock River Times and is a staff writer for Windy City Gridiron and Second City Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.