The Bears place Byron Pringle on injured reserve

LAKE FOREST — The one thing a struggling Bears passing game doesn’t need is another setback, but that’s exactly what happened after their Week 4 game against the Giants.

This news concerns one of the recipients who was one of those signed this offseason and was hoping to have a chance at a bigger role on a new team.

Wide receiver Byron Pringle is put on injured reserve with a calf injury sustained in the first half in Sunday’s win over the Texans at Soldier Field.

If you give the recipient this designation, they must miss at least four weeks before they are allowed to return to practice or games. In his place, the Bears signed linebacker Joe Thomas back to the active roster from practice team after he made his debut on Sunday and made five tackles against Houston.

Pringle is entering his fourth season in the NFL after spending his first three years in the league with the Chiefs. In 2021, he had a career-high 42 catches for 568 yards and five touchdowns, then added 12 catches and three points in two playoff games.

New general manager Ryan Poles, who worked with the Chiefs, brought Pringle to Chicago to compete for a higher role in a redesigned offense under coordinator Luke Getsy. He was listed as a backup for Equanimeous St. Brown after training camp and has so far had two catches on three targets for 33 yards.

That doesn’t help the team’s wide receiver depth as Velus Jones Jr., the replacement for starter Darnell Mooney, is out of action this season with a hamstring injury.

Right now, the Bears are flying through the air averaging 78.3 yards per game at NFL lows, including just 82 net yards in Sunday’s win over the Texans. The Bears place Byron Pringle on injured reserve

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