Following a tough performance from the Bears’ offensive line against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, offensive coordinator Mike Tice didn’t rule out the possibility of changes occurring along the starting lineup.
The changes that occurred Wednesday afternoon, however, don’t appear—at least on the surface—to have been made by the Bears in an effort to bolster their current group.
The Bears announced that guard Chilo Rachal has left the team for “personal reasons,” and placed the 26 year-old offensive lineman on the reserve/left squad.
In response, they elevated undrafted rookie G/T James Brown to the active roster, although veteran Chris Spencer will actually takeover for Rachal on gameday.
The exact reason for Rachal’s departure is unknown. According to a Chicago Sun-Times report, the 49ers knew how to "get in [Rachal’s] head," provoking his poor performance against them on Monday night.
It’s certainly possible that Mike Tice intended to make the change over to Chris Spencer regardless, and Rachal chose to call it quits. That, of course, is pure speculation.
As for James Brown, a Troy prospect, don’t expect too much in the way of contribution initially.
UPDATE: The Bears moved G Chilo Rachal to the reserve/non-football injury list on Thursday, the team confirmed.