The Chicago Bears Updated Injured Reserve Review

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 27: Cameron Meredith
NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 27: Cameron Meredith /
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CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 10: Jerrell Freeman
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 10: Jerrell Freeman /

Freeman gets his own slide because of the dilemma he puts the Bears in. Freeman was hurt early in the season suffering a torn pectoral muscle and concussion. The torn pectoral injury will take him out for the entire season. There is no way that he was going to make it back in time for the special injury designation. His loss was a tough one to take as he was a vital piece of the defense. However, Christian Jones and Nick Kwiatkoski have filled in nicely.

Just before the end of October, it was discovered that Freeman had been suspended ten games for PED use. He will be “suspended for eight games this year and two next year.

This was Freeman’s second time in as many years that he had been suspended for using a banned substance. With that, he has become unreliable and the Bears don’t need that.

But would they consider letting him go?

Freeman’s contract has the popular “two and out” clause in it. This means he could be released and the Bears would only have paid him $8,397,059 for two seasons. Chicago would have just $500,000 in dead cap space should they let him go. His cap hit wouldn’t be too terrible.

The argument as to whether they should let him go is one that can be taken up another time. But, the Bears will take it into consideration that he has been suspended twice in as many years when they decide whether they want to keep him.

That will influence their decision.