Ka’Deem Carey will miss six weeks with a wrist injury. Is that enough for the team to part ways?
Ka’Deem Carey has been a solid producer for the team so far in training camp. Carey entered camp on the roster bubble, but has been a big winner and is a player who may have earned a roster spot strictly based on his performance in the offseason. Of course, that is until news broke that a wrist injury will sideline him for six weeks. This likely means missing the first four weeks of the regular season. For a player entering free agency after this season, this is not a good sign for his roster status.
Had Carey been a starter, or a locked in veteran this is a disappointment, but is not the end all, be all. However, he is a bottom of the roster player, nothing more. This has to beg the question as to whether or not he will make the team.
On one hand, he still may wind up being ahead of Jeremy Langford in the coach’s eyes. While Carey will miss the last two preseason games, Langford has missed the first two preseason games. Carey got a huge head start on Langford, and Langford may not be able to see the field enough or play consistently enough to prove he is more valuable. This is good news for Carey.
On the other hand, there are easily three running backs ahead of Carey now. Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, and Benny Cunningham are all locks to make the team ahead of the fourth year back from Arizona. The team is likely to keep a full back this season, whether it be Michael Burton or Freddie Stevenson. Keeping four running backs could very easily be all the team needs.
Carey missing four weeks would not take away from the running backs but would take away from a roster spot at another position. This means the offensive line that is already questionable on depth could not keep another lineman. It means the linebacker group may be forced to carry nine players rather than ten. It means the logjam at safety may have to see some harsh cuts. The Bears are not the deepest team.
They are not at the point where they can keep Carey for four weeks into the regular season and sit him as an injured inactive. His roster spot could benefit another position greatly. The fact that he is not needed in the running back group only adds to the fact that Carey is now most likely to be a camp casualty. Expect Carey to get cut before the regular season.