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Bears promote quarterback Tyler Bray from practice squad

Bray will serve as Chase Daniel’s backup with Mitchell Trubisky out.

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Tyler Bray has made it onto the 53-man roster in wake of Mitchell Trubisky’s injury.
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The Bears have promoted quarterback Tyler Bray from the practice squad, the team announced. As a corresponding move, they released tight end Bradley Sowell.

Bray will serve as Chase Daniel’s backup as the Bears travel to London to take on the Raiders next week. The promotion comes in wake of Mitchell Trubisky’s separated shoulder that he suffered on Sunday against the Vikings.

The Bears applied a similar strategy when Trubisky was injured last season, as the team promoted Bray to the 53-man roster to back up Daniel while their starter was gone. Bray was waived in December of 2018 but was brought back to the practice squad after he cleared waivers. Chicago will likely do the same thing once Trubisky returns from injury.

Bray saw significant playing time in the preseason this year, going 53-for-86 and throwing for 608 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. With the Bears not playing their starters in the preseason, backups like Bray had plenty of playing time. While he did not stand out in training camp, he showed flashes of good play against opposing teams’ second- and third-team defenses.