Now that the Chicago Bears have acquired Dontrelle Inman, the question becomes when he will see the field
The Chicago Bears admitted to their glaring weakness at wide receiver and tried to add to the unit with a low-risk addition of Dontrelle Inman. The trade was officially announced on Thursday, and Inman was unable to practice. The Bears said it was not injury related, and more due to the time of his physical. Still, it brings up a fair question as to whether he will be active, or whether he will play on Sunday.
There is a decent chance that he will be active on Sunday. Looking at the Bears injury report and typical inactive list, Mark Sanchez, Markus Wheaton, John Jenkins, and Sherrick McManis will be inactive. One of Benny Cunningham or Taquan Mizzell and likely either Hronis Grasu or Tom Compton will be inactive. Those are six of the seven inactives.
John Timu is typically inactive, but in the roster move to create space for Inman, the Bears released Jonathan Anderson. The Bears would likely need the special team’s value for Timu, making him a possible active candidate.
This likely is going to come down to Daniel Brown and Dontrelle Inman. Inman will practice Friday, and how much work he can get in and how familiar with the playbook he can get will determine which player becomes more valuable.
Even if Inman is active, his role would be extremely limited. Inman has been on the injury report and has missed three games this season. With limited experience, no chemistry and even some rust from not seeing the field in 18 days, it would be hard to expect him to jump back into the swing of things.
Daniel Brown gives special teams snaps. He averages about 18 per game. If Inman is going to give nothing on offense, it would be sensible to make inactive on Sunday. The Bears have a bye week following their week eight matchup with the Saints and can get Inman fully integrated and in rhythm with the offense.