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Bears put TE Adam Shaheen on injured reserve, eye midseason return

Bears tight end Adam Shaheen greets a fan before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles. | Chris Szagola, AP photo

The Bears put tight end Adam Shaheen on injured reserve Sunday, 15 days after he sprained his right foot and right ankle against the Broncos.

General manager Ryan Pace said Shaheen, who had sought second opinions about his injuries, won’t need surgery. He can return to games in eight weeks, according to the NFL’s injured-reserve rules. The Bears expect him to play this season.

The Bears kept five tight ends on their 53-man roster: Trey Burton, Dion Sims, Ben Braunecker, Daniel Brown and Shaheen.

Grasu gone

Center Hroniss Grasu survived Saturday but was cut Sunday to make room for newly acquired Khalil Mack, who was taken off the reserve list.

Grasu, the Bears’ third-round pick in Pace’s first draft class in 2015, was in line to start at center in 2016 before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while running on the Soldier Field turf during Family Fest.


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Grasu started 12 games in his Bears career. The team, however, drafted two second-round centers since his selection: Cody Whitehair and James Daniels.

Practice squad forming

Mitch Trubisky will get to keep Tyler Bray in his quarterback room, after all. Bray was one of eight players the Bears named to their practice squad.

Running backs Ryan Nall, who had runs of 69, 32, 24 and 17 yards this preseason, and Taquan Mizzell also made the squad. Receiver Tanner Gentry, linebacker Josh Woods, offensive lineman Dejon Allen and defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson were named to the team, as was rookie cornerback Michael Joseph.

Joseph starred at Division III Dubuque after barely playing at Oswego High School.

This and that

Defensive end Nick Williams, whom the Bears cut Saturday, returned to the 53-man roster.

• The Bears didn’t claim a player on waivers, which Pace called a reflection of their improved depth. They claimed a total of five players on day-after-cut waivers the last two seasons.