Chicago Bears' Brandon Hardin to Injured Reserve

By Chris Wickersham

The Chicago Bears have announce that they have placed safety Brandon Hardin on injured reserve, a week after suffering the neck injury. Hardin injured the neck making a tackle last Saturday against the Washington Redskins. We all knew it wasn’t going to be good news as it took a while to get him off the field after stabilizing his head/body.

Hardin was a third round pick out of Oregon State from this year’s draft. Sadly, the news isn’t too shocking as a neck injury is always a major concern and Hardin has been injured through out his high school and college days. The Bears took a gamble on Hardin, hoping he can stay healthy. Since he missed all of last season with an injury. Hardin was not going to be a starter, but get good playing time as the back-up.

With Hardin’s injury, it opens up a great opportunity for Anthony Walters. I do expect Walters to make the team, along with other safeties Major Wright, Chris Conte and Craig Steltz.

Safety is never the Bears best position injury wise. The Bears had a great safety in Mike Brown years ago, but he could never stay healthy and it ultimately ended his career. The Bears top pick from 2010, Major Wright missed a lot of time his first year too with injury. Also, Wright always seems to come off the field with some kind of injury a lot. The Bears safeties do play physical and is probably the main reason with the injuries, but it would be nice if they were lowered.

Now the worse part for the coaching staff … cuts! The Bears have begun starting to trim the roster from 90 to 75 players. A few players have already been told that they will be released. Here they are:

WR Chris Summers
S Trevor Coston
DE Derek Walker

Also, OL Nick Peischel  has a severe knee injury and will not make the team.

The Bears roster was at 88 when the day began and has to be down to 75 by Monday at 3:00 p.m. Central.

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