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Source: Bears sign DT Daniel McCullers after injury to DT John Jenkins

The Bears plucked the veteran McCullers from the Steelers’ practice squad and signed him Thursday morning.

Jenkins played 40% of the snaps in the Bears’ win over the Giants.
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The Bears signed seven-year veteran defensive tackle Daniel McCullers from the Steelers’ practice squad Thursday, a source said, and will have him available Sunday against the Falcons. He has cleared coronavirus testing and can practice Thursday afternoon.

The McCullers signing came after defensive tackle John Jenkins suffered a torn ligament in his thumb in the win over the Giants, and coach Matt Nagy said the team will put him on injured reserve. With the new IR rules this season, he can return after three weeks.

Jenkins played 34% of the defensive snaps over the first two games and had two tackles.

McCullers, 28, was a sixth-round pick by the Steelers in 2014 and played 73 games (three starts) over his first six seasons. He played 12% of their defensive snaps and 14% on special teams last season.

The Bears started Akiem Hicks, Bilal Nichols and Roy Robertson-Harris on the defensive line the first two games.