Breaking down Bears’ latest roster moves ahead of matchup vs. Bucs

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The Chicago Bears (3-3) are gearing up for a rematch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1), where Chicago is looking to rebound following a frustrating loss to the Green Bay Packers (5-1).

Ahead of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, the Bears made several roster moves, including some that could have a significant impact for a defense looking to contain Tom Brady and Tampa Bay’s offense.

Here’s a look at the roster moves the Bears made on Tuesday, which included losing a couple of key defensive players.

OLB Robert Quinn lands on reserve/COVID-19 list

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The Bears placed outside linebacker Robert Quinn on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday, which puts his status for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers in jeopardy. According to Jason Lieser, Quinn appears to be vaccinated as he hasn’t been wearing a mask at press conferences, which is a requirement for unvaccinated players. If Quinn tests positive, he’d need two negative tests 14 hours apart before Sunday to play against Tampa Bay.

S Deon Bush placed on injured reserve

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Safety Deon Bush was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday after suffering a quad injury during Sunday’s loss to the Packers. Bush will miss a minimum of three games. Bush was a key reserve who stepped up in place of an injured Tashaun Gipson earlier in the season, and he’s been a solid special teams contributor. That leaves the Bears with Eddie Jackson, Gipson, DeAndre Houston-Carson and Marqui Christian at safety.

DB Teez Tabor signed from practice squad to active roster

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With Deon Bush on injured reserve with a quad injury, safety Teez Tabor was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster in his place. Tabor, who made a strong impression during the offseason, battled Marqui Christian for a roster spot earlier in training camp and preseason.

RB Chris Thompson signed to practice squad

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Chicago signed Chris Thompson to the practice squad after hosting him for a tryout on Monday. The Bears have concerns with depth at running back with David Montgomery sidelined with a knee sprain and Damien Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list. While rookie Khalil Herbert will get a bulk of the reps in their absence, there’s not a lot of depth behind him with Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce, who is on the practice squad.

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