The Chicago Bears have a few roster moves in the works that affect the tight end position.
Zach Miller, who was injured catching what should have been a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints, will soon be placed on ending injured reserve. And as an FYI, Miller was released from the New Orleans hospital where they saved his leg, and he’s now back in Chicago on the road to recovery.
To take his place on the active roster, the Bears will be promoting tight end Ben Braunecker (per Jason La Canfora) from their practice squad. Braunecker played in thirteen games for the Bears last year as an undrafted free agent from Harvard. He played almost half of the Bears’ special teams snaps last season, but he did appear in 14.4% of the snaps on offense as well.
To take Braunecker’s place on the practice squad, the Bears will sign tight end Colin Thompson (per Brad Biggs), who was originally an undrafted free agent pick up of the New York Giants out of Temple. The Giants cut him in August when he had an appendectomy. The 6’4”, 255 pounder was known as a block first tight end in college, and he calls himself a Y, which is a traditional inline tight end. He had 19 receptions, 208 receiving yards and one TD in college.
With Miller out for the season, Daniel Brown may be in for some more targets, as his skill set closely resembles Miller’s. Rookie Adam Shaheen should also see an uptick in opportunities.
EDIT: The Bears make it official.