According to an official statement released by the franchise on Wednesday morning, Chicago Bears’ defensive back Kyle Fuller will return to practice for the first time since being placed on injured reserve. While finding himself forced to the sideline back on September 28, Fuller will now have 21 days to be evaluated by the Bears before stepping back onto the field for game action.
It is also worth noting that the up-and-coming defender was previously ruled out for an extended period of time due to a lingering knee injury.
The 24-year-old has spent his entire three-year NFL career suiting up in the “Windy City” but has yet to step on the field during the 2016-2017 regular season. Originally selected by Bears in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech, Fuller did manage to appear in all 16 regular season games through his first two professional campaigns, however.
As a rookie back in 2014-2015, he notched a career-high 64 total tackles alongside four interceptions, three forced fumbles and 10 pass defenses. During his sophomore season in 2015-2016, Fuller recorded 55 total tackles, two interceptions and nine pass defenses.
While the Bears now sit at just 2-9 on the season as a result of their most recent loss, which came at the hands of the Tennessee Titans, it appears that the franchise may want to get Fuller back out there before the end the year in order to prepare him for the 2017-2018 campaign. With five games remaining on their schedule, the Bears season is all but over as the team looks to finish strong against the San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings in the coming weeks.