Bears remove S Dane Cruikshank from non-football injury list

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The Chicago Bears have removed safety Dane Cruikshank from the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list, the team announced Tuesday. He’s missed the first five practices of training camp.

Cruikshank signed a one-year deal with the Bears this offseason, where he’s expected to earn a spot as a reserve safety and serve as a valuable special teams contributor.

Cruikshank, a former fifth round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, spent the last four seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He’s played in 44 games, including four starts. Last season, Cruikshank appeared in 14 games with four starts, totaling 43 tackles, one pass breakup and one forced fumble.

Cruikshank earned the moniker of “tight end eraser” during his time in Tennessee. While Cruikshank will likely be a depth piece at safety, he’s someone who can step in and hang with some of the best when needed.

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Story originally appeared on Bears Wire