According to Tuesday’s NFL transaction list, the Chicago Bears waived defensive tackle Anthony Rush from their active roster, and they protected practice squad quarterback Tyler Bray.
Rush was signed on November 10 after the Bears suffered some injuries along the defensive line, but he didn’t appear in any games. Hence the reason the accompanying picture of Rush with this article is from his Philadelphia days.
If Rush clears waivers he could be a candidate to join the Bears practice squad.
The protected list is new this season and it prevents another team from signing the players on your practice squad. Practice squad players are essentially free agents that are allowed to sign to the active roster of any team in the NFL. Protected players are locked in with their current team until the week’s games are done, but they then have a window of free agency where then can sign elsewhere until a new protected list can be announced on Tuesdays at 4:00 CT.
Protecting Bray each week makes sense with the Bears only carrying two active quarterbacks on their roster. Especially in this era of COVID when a couple positive tests to another QB room could force teams to scramble to sign a veteran as insurance, and also when considering the injury history from both Chicago QBs, Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky.
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