After sharing the news yesterday here at WCG, the Chicago Bears have made it official by activating safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix off of the physically unable to perform list. Also coming off the PUP list is offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings, so that makes all 90 players on Chicago’s offseason roster active.
Clinton-Dix is expected to step into the starting safety spot alongside his former college teammate, Eddie Jackson, whereas Clemmings will join a group of offensive lineman trying to earn a spot as a reserve. T.J. has battled injuries throughout his NFL career, but he does have 32 starts in 41 career games since 2015, most of which came in 2015 and 2016 with the Vikings.
In other Bears’ injury news, tight end Adam Shaheen remains sidelined with a sore back, and rookie wide out Riley Ridley is still nursing that sore hamstring. Neither injury is expected to be serious and neither injury will prevent these two from making the 53-man roster. The Shaheen injury is unfortunate as the coaches were impressed after seeing him in OTAs (déjà vu right?), but in his absence the coaches have been able to see more from the other tight ends on the roster. Converted o-lineman Bradley Sowell has benefited from the extra reps at Shaheen’s Y position and he’s looked good.
Tight end Trey Burton and rookie wide out Emanuel Hall have both been practicing, but since they are coming off hernia surgery the Bears are being cautious with them both. Receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert has also been out with a hamstring.
Before I sign off, I wanted to give a quick kicker update as it seems both Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro are matching each other kick for kick. The two are alternating days at camp, and so far each kicker missed one kick on their first practice and two at their second. If they both stay even in the accuracy department, then the bigger leg of Pineiro gives him the edge.