Bears make roster moves

Bears make roster moves
Chicago Bears' running backs during training camp. Credit: Darren Doxey, Chicago Bears Huddle

The Chicago Bears placed running back Lorenzo Booker, who had been suffering from a head injury (believed to be lingering concussion symptoms), on injured reserve Saturday, likely ending his season.

Just to clarify why it “likely” ends his season: prior to 2012, players placed on IR were forced to miss the regular season, but a recent change allows for teams to bring a player back under certain conditions.

It’s not likely the Bears would do so for Booker, but it remains a possibility.

Booker had been in a close competition with second-year back Armando Allen during the preseason, but Booker’s ability to contribute on special teams had led the Bears to hang on to him as their third option and waive Allen.

Allen cleared waivers and signed to the Bears’ eight-man practice squad.

With Booker headed to IR, the Bears have now promoted Allen from the practice squad to the active roster. There has been some speculation that the team could re-sign RB Kahlil Bell, who is still on the open market, to ultimately fill the role as their third back.

More on Bell’s story and why he’s not currently with the team here.

In addition to their running back shuffle, the Bears have waived linebacker Patrick Trahan, who appeared in five contests for Chicago last season, recording five special teams tackles.

Allen appeared in two contests for Chicago last season, carrying the ball 15 times for 48 yards, after spending 12 of the 15 prior weeks on the Bears practice squad.

Booker had 230 rushing yards (61 carries), 363 receiving yards (47 receptions) and 879 kickoff return yards (37 returns) in 36 games with the Miami Dolphins (2007), Philadelphia Eagles (2008) and Minnesota Vikings (2010-11).

The Bears active roster now stands at 52 players.

Speculation abounds as to what the Bears will do with the open roster spot, but it could be that they’re saving it for defensive tackle Nate Collins who is currently on the Reserve/Suspended List but could be reinstated on Tuesday.

We shall find out, and of course we’ll let you know all the details.

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