Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller will not make the trip to New England this week because of knee soreness that has been hampering him throughout training camp, coach John Fox said after Sunday’s practice at Soldier Field.
The Bears will practice against the Patriots on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Foxborough, Mass. and play the Patriots in their second preseason game on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.
Fuller, a first-round draft pick in 2014 who has struggled to establish himself as a fixture at cornerback in his first two seasons as a starter, has struggled throughout training camp. He has been limited in recent practices and did not participate at all in Sunday’s practice.
“I think it was something he was fighting through during the offseason and has fought through camp so far,” Fox said. “So we’re going to look at it a little more in depth.”
The Bears have several options to replace Fuller. Among them are starting nickel back Bryce Callahan, who replaced Tracy Porter at cornerback in the preseason opener; rookie Deiondre Hall, who made two pass break-ups in the end zone against the Broncos in his NFL debut Thursday; Second-year cornerback De’vante Bausby, who has had an impressive training camp; And Jacoby Glenn, an undrafted free agent from Central Florida in 2015, who was fourth on the depth chart last week but is expected to get a good look against the Patriots.
The 6-0, 185-pound Glenn was on the Bears’ 53-man roster for the final seven weeks, but was only active against the Redskins in Week 14 and played on special teams.
“We liked him last year,” Fox said. “He’s a young player we saw improve as we went. I think he’s done that. We’ll see how he does in a game setting Thursday night.”