Bears linebacker Jerry Franklin (pictured right)
With linebacker D.J. Williams being lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, the Bears will promote linebacker Jerry Franklin from the practice squad to the 53-man roster before Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.
Franklin, 25, is expected to only play on special teams, barring more injuries at linebacker of course. He'll essentially take Jon Bostic's role on special teams, as Bostic is replacing Williams as the starting middle linebacker.
The 6'1", 245-pound linebacker bounced around the league after being an undrafted free agent in 2012. He spent time with the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, and Dallas Cowboys, but never appeared on those teams' 53-man roster. However, he eventually landed with the Bears, and appeared in the final three regular season games for the Bears in 2012, recording two tackles on special teams. He also had 10 tackles and an interception for the Bears this preseason.
Trestman had this to say about Franklin according to the Chicago Tribune:
“We’ve seen him since the OTA’s, he’s a young guy, he’s been working and active, and he’ll get some playing time,” Trestman said.Look for Franklin to be active on Sunday, and keep an eye on him in special teams coverage (an area the Bears have greatly struggled this season).
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