The Chicago Bears have placed inside linebacker Danny Trevathan on injured reserve with an elbow injury that he sustained on November 10 against the Detroit Lions. The Bears were holding out hope that he would be able to return this season, but with them being eliminated from postseason contention they decided to shut him down.
Trevathan was leading the Bears in tackles (70) when he was injured in November, but this is the second time in three years he has ended the season on IR, and he will end up missing 18 games in his four years in Chicago.
Both Trevathan and fellow inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski are set to be free agents after this year, so the Bears could have a decision to make between the soon to be 30-year old Trevathan, and Kwiatoski who is four years younger.
To take Trevathan’s place on the 53-man roster the Bears have signed cornerback Michael Joseph from the practice squad. Joseph was originally a UDFA pick up of the Bears in 2018 and this will be his first time on the active roster. The Oswego, Illinois native played his college ball at Dubuque where he was voted the top small school defender as a senior.
To take Joseph’s spot on the practice squad the Bears signed rookie wide out Alex Wesley, who was released with an injury designation by the Giants back in September. The 6’0”, 185 pounder ran a 4.45 forty at the NFL Combine, and he went over a thousand yards receiving in each of his last two years at Northern Colorado.