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Bears’ Germain Ifedi placed on injured reserve

Chicago will be without its starting right tackle for a little while, among other news.

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After suffering a knee injury in Sunday’s 20-9 over the Raiders, the Bears have placed Germain Ifedi on injured reserve, reports the team. He will have to miss at least the next three weeks as a result while he recovers.

Ifedi has been a relative stabilizing force for the Chicago offensive line, so this news is not ideal. Over the last couple of games, it appeared the Bears’ front began to establish a rhythm and identity together as one unit, particularly when running the ball. That chemistry with Ifedi involved now has to be shelved for the time being. Swing tackle Elijah Wilkinson, who came on in relief of Ifedi in Las Vegas and did hold his own considering the difficult circumstances, will take the veteran’s place for the foreseeable future.

In other news, Jeremiah Attaochu was also placed on injured reserve. But his stay will last through the rest of the 2021 campaign as the linebacker is out for the season with a torn pec muscle. As a result of Ifedi and Attaochu’s status, Kamara and Ryan Nall have been promoted to the active gameday roster.

Oh, sorry. No, not that Kamara — Sam Kamara, who flashed well in August’s preseason as an edge defender. He may now get a shot to prove his mettle in meaningful action. You can never have too much edge depth.

To round out the Bears’ finagling of their roster on Wednesday, Khalil’s brother, Ledarius Mack, tackle Dareuan Parker, and linebacker Rashad Smith have all been signed to the practice squad.

Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers for first place in the NFC North is only a few days away.