The Chicago Bears announced that they have placed running back Lorenzo Booker on injured reserve. In doing so, the Bears activated running back Armando Allen off the practice squad to the active 53-man roster. The Bears also announced that they have waived linebacker Patrick Trahan.
In an initial report, the Bears reportedly terminated the contract of Booker. But the Bears cleared the air up by saying Booker was placed on injured reserved and has not been released. Booker has been dealing with concussion like symptoms that he sustained in the fourth and final preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.
We just found out a few days ago that Booker suffered a concussion last year with the Minnesota Vikings. Now with the new procedures about concussions, placing Booker on the injured reserve is no big surprise. Since he was going to be the third string running back, it’s no biggie either.
Booker and Allen were fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster and the third string running back. I thought Allen had played better than Booker, but Booker was more valuable on special teams and that was the main reason he made the active roster over Allen.
In the other move the Bears made … they let go of linebacker Patrick Trahan. I was surprise to hear he was let go because he made the 53-man roster and didn’t do anything. The only thought that came to my mind was he was an insurance policy in case Brian Urlacher had a set-back on his knee. But since Urlacher is good to go, Trahan was not a need anymore.
Also, the Bears have to clear a spot on Monday for DT Nate Collins and this could be the move that is taken place. The Bears may have just decided to clear the spot now as he probably would have been inactive for tomorrow’s game.
The Bears roster currently stands at 52 players and there is now one open spot on the practice squad.