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Bears add running back Kerrith Whyte Jr. to practice squad

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The 2019 seventh-round pick was waived on Thursday, but he finds his way onto the Bears’ practice squad.

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Kerrith Whyte returns to the Bears’ organization after clearing waivers.
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The Bears added running back Kerrith Whyte Jr. to their practice squad on Friday, the team announced.

Whyte, selected with the No. 222 overall pick, was a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft. was waived on Thursday to make room on the roster for tight end Bradley Sowell, who himself was waived on Monday so the Bears could promote defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson to the 53-man roster. No team claimed Whyte on waivers, so he became eligible to be brought back to the practice squad.

Though Whyte was able to crack the 53-man roster, he has been a healthy scratch in every game to start the 2019 season. The Florida Atlantic alumnus had not found playing time with David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, and Mike Davis ahead of him on the depth chart.

Whyte ran 866 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 134 carries in 2018 as Devin Singletary’s backup at Florida Atlantic. Whyte’s dynamic speed and value as a kick returner gives him upside as a potential contributor for the Bears in 2020.