Bears Place LB Jerrell Freeman On Injured Reserve, Release WR Rueben Randle From IR

The Chicago Bears announced Tuesday that they’ve placed LB Jerrell Freeman on injured reserve and released WR Rueben Randle from the list.

  • The Bears also signed RB Joshua Rounds and WR Mario Alford to their practice squad.

Freeman, 31, spent four years with the Colts before signing a three-year, $12 million contract with $6 million guaranteed with the Bears last year. He stands to make base salaries of $3.5 million over the next two seasons.

Freeman served a four-game suspension last season for a performance-enhancing substances violation.

This year, Freeman has appeared in one game and recorded 10 tackles and no sacks.

Randle, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Giants back in 2012. He spent four years in New York before signing a one-year contract with the Eagles last year.

Philadelphia released him at the start of the 2016 season and he sat out the year before signing a future/reserve contract with the Bears this past January. Chicago placed Randle on injured reserve a month ago.

In 2015, Randle appeared in all 16 games and caught 57 passes for 797 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

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