On Monday the Chicago Bears designated defensive lineman John Jenkins to return from injured reserve.
The Bears placed Jenkins on injured reserve on September 24, which was a few days following their week 2 game against the New York Giants. This year’s injured reserve rule allows teams to bring players back after only three weeks.
During the Giants game Jenkins tore a ligament in his thumb, but he played though it and finished the game amassing 26 snaps on defense (40%) and another 4 on special teams (18%).
By designating him for return, the Bears have opened a three week window in which he can practice. If Jenkins is activated the Bears will need to make a move to free up a spot for him on the roster.
The Bears signed nose tackle Daniel McCullers the day they put Jenkins on IR, and they have yet to place left guard James Daniels on injured reserve with his pectoral injury.