Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that the Bears have promoted defensive back Demontre Hurst to the 53-man roster. Hurst had previously been a member of the practice squad. Biggs had no details on the corresponding move.
The Bears signed Hurst back in 2013 after he went undrafted out of Oklahoma. He’s spent each of the last three seasons shuttling between the team’s practice squad and active roster. In all he’s appeared in 22 games with the Bears, racking up 50 tackles – nine of which came on special teams – with an interception, two pass breakups and a forced fumble. Chicago released him from the 53-man roster on October 10 but re-signed him to the practice squad two days later.
It already appears to be a lost season for the Bears, who are off to a dismal 1-6 start and sit firmly in last place in the NFC North. They have sandwiched a pair of three-game losing streaks around a 17-14 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 4. Quarterback Jay Cutler has been sidelined for the last six weeks thanks to a sprained thumb, though he’s been cleared for action and will be under center when the Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings next Monday night.
Brian Hoyer has served as Cutler’s primary fill-in, and he’s completed 67 percent of his throws for 1,445 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. He suffered a broken forearm in Chicago’s loss to the Green Bay Packers last Thursday, though, and he’s since been placed on injured reserve. Former USC standout Matt Barkley finished the game in Hoyer’s place, and he went 6-for-15 for 81 yards with two picks.