Chicago Bears: 5 notable surprises from 53-man roster

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 10: Adam Shaheen Chicago Bears
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 10: Adam Shaheen Chicago Bears /
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Who were some of the surprises that came with the Chicago Bears announcement of the 53-man roster?

When the Chicago Bears announced their 53-man roster, there were not too many surprises. Some touch-ups such as letting Hroniss Grasu and placing Adam Shaheen on the IR were made to bring in Khalil Mack and bring back Nick Williams. However, without a single waiver claim, the final roster does appear to be set for week one. With that said, were there any surprising moves?

1. Adam Shaheen to IR

When Adam Shaheen went down with a foot and ankle injury, it looked bad. Therefore, it was not necessarily surprising to see that he was placed on IR. However, the way in which Matt Nagy spoke about it, he remained optimistic throughout most of the process.

This was some good insight into the way in which Matt Nagy handles injuries. His tone around Adam Shaheen was always a bit different than his tone in a variety of other manners. Nagy is a very open coach who speaks his mind.

However, when it came to Shaheen, he was typically vague and kept it brief. His original tone was optimistic upon first word. Nagy came out and said that his ankle passed the MRI test and things were looking up.

After that, he came back and said that a foot injury also came up and that that needed some time to look into. From there, short statements came about. Last week, he was asked about his Week One availability. He stated:

"“We’re not sure yet exactly [if he’ll be ready for Week 1],’’ Nagy said. ‘‘We’re hoping.’’"

Let’s be honest; Matt Nagy knew it was a foot and ankle issue when the doctors did their initial testing. He knew Shaheen would not be ready for Week One considering Shaheen will now be out until at least Week Eight. However, despite being the new, open and honest Matt Nagy, he still knew to play the game when it came to injury information. This seems worth noting.