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Bears-Colts Week 4 inactives: Bears backup QB Mitch Trubisky dresses

The Bears called up No. 3 quarterback Tyler Bray on Saturday, but they’ll still have Trubisky available behind starter Nick Foles.

Trubisky started each of his first 44 games as Bears quarterback. This will be his first game as the backup.
For the Sun-Times

Veteran quarterback Nick Foles will make his debut as the Bears’ starter Sunday, a week after coming in for Mitch Trubisky against them Falcons and delivering a 30-26 comeback victory.

Trubisky is active against the Colts and is expected to be Foles’ backup regardless of the Bears promoting Tyler Bray from their practice squad Saturday.

Here are the Bears’ inactives:

  • OL Arlington Hambright
  • QB Tyler Bray
  • RB Artavis Pierce
  • WR Riley Ridley
  • DT Daniel McCullers
  • DB Sherrick McManis

There could be many reasons for the Bears calling up Bray from their practice squad, but it’s worth noting that the rules for doing so are different this season. Teams are allowed to promote two players from their practice squad ahead of each game, essentially allowing a 55-man roster instead of 53, and send them back to the practice squad the next day without having to put them through waivers.

Once a player is called up three times, though, the team must sign him to a normal contract or cut him and hope he clears waivers in order to re-sign him to the practice squad.

On the other side, former Bears tight end Trey Burton is active and will make his Colts debut. Here are the Colts’ inactives—

  • QB Jacob Eason
  • WR Dezmon Patmon
  • TE Noah Togiai
  • DT Eli Ankou
  • DE Ron’Dell Carter
  • CB T.J. Carrie