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Bears cross 2 off injured list, add Young OL to active roster

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A day before their Sept. 18 prime-time matchup against the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears called offensive lineman Dieter Eiselen off the practice team.

The Bears also officially released two veterans, wide receiver David Moore and defenseman Tavon Young, from the injured reserve list with claims adjustments received. All three steps were announced via the NFL’s Sept. 17 waiver.

The 28-year-old Young spent four seasons on the Baltimore Ravens’ active roster before landing in Chicago this offseason. He was struggling with a lower leg injury in August when the team initially put him on IR. In 50 games (24 starts) with the Ravens, Young had 127 total tackles (111 solo, 11 for losses), four interceptions, 16 passes defended, six QB hits, 4.0 sacks, and three fumble recoveries (stats courtesy of Per Football Reference). .

Moore, 27, signed a one-year deal with the Bears in April 2022, but his tenure at the Windy City was bumpy from the start. Veteran Wideout was arrested in Texas in July on drug and weapons charges. He later suffered a leg injury during the team’s practice session on August 9 and had to be carried off the field. Moore last played a full season in 2020, when he finished in 16 games with 35 catches for 417 yards (11.9 yards per catch) and six touchdowns.

In Chicago’s Week 1 win over the San Francisco 49ers, the team opted to rotate two of their offensive linemen to the right: Teven Jenkins and Lucas Patrick.

Jenkins, who switched from the tackle spot last season, has played well in his new position. The sophomore lineman made 31 snaps at Right Guard Week 1 while Patrick played 27. Both allowed only one pressure at a time. Eiselen’s elevation means the two will likely rotate again on the right against the Packers, as Chicago did in Week 1.

“It was going well, it was going well,” Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said of Jenkins and Patrick’s rotation at RG. “I think it was honestly helpful for both of them. One guy is new to the position and one guy hasn’t practiced in over a month so I think it actually went well. I thought they both played really well. They both did a lot of really cool stuff. And you talk about the playstyle and the mindset, I’ve used both in our offensive unit for what the expectation is.

Patrick, who was brought to Chicago to be the team’s starting center, still has a racquet on his snapping hand after breaking his thumb in training camp. Until he can fully snatch the ball again, it’s Sam Mustipher as the team’s starting center with Eiselen as backup.

The Bears’ O-line allowed 2.0 sacks on their debut against an impressive defensive line from the Niners, and Getsy says he’s pleased with the depth he’s seen from the group so far.

“Hopefully we can add more depth to the space because this is a long season and things are happening so there’s no reason for us to jump on something like that,” Getsy added.

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