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Chicago Bears Placed A Wide Receiver On Injured Reserve This Thursday

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The Chicago Bears are not at full strength to start the 2022 season. This Thursday morning, the NFC North franchise announced it's placing a veteran wide receiver on the injured reserve. That veteran wide receiver is N'Keal Harry. 

The Bears acquired N'Keal Harry in a trade with the New England Patriots back in July. All they had to give up was a seventh-round pick to get him. The hope was the fresh start would revive his NFL career. 

However, Harry suffered a high-ankle sprain during training camp which required surgery. He's expected to miss at least eight weeks, and will for sure miss at least four. An unfortunate setback for the former Arizona State star.  

"Bears have placed WR N’Keal Harry on injured reserve," said ESPN's Adam Schefter.

N'Keal Harry has yet to live up to the hype that surrounded him coming out of Arizona State. The Patriots spent the No. 32 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on him. In three years in New England, Harry caught 57 passes for 598 yards and four touchdowns. 

To start the season, Harry projected as a backup. He should figure into the wide receiver rotation when he comes off the injured reserve. 

The Bears, meanwhile, are moving forward with expected starters Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle and Velus Jones Jr. at the wide receiver spot. Dante Pettis and Equanimeous also figure to get playing time. 

The Bears begin the 2022 season on Sept. 11 against the San Francisco 49ers.