In need of all kinds of help for their matchup with the Vikings, the Bears have added five veterans to the active roster. Center Cody Whitehair has been removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list; running back Lamar Miller and offensive lineman Eric Kush have been promoted from the practice squad; defensive tackle Daniel McCullers has been signed from the practice squad; quarterback Tyler Bray was likewise elevated from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement.
Whitehair left the Rams game with a calf injury that kept him out against the Saints, then he missed the Titans game due to being placed on the COVID-19 list. The timing of his return is important because backup center Sam Mustipher is doubtful with a knee injury. This is very good news for an O-line that has been neither healthy nor consistent all season.
Miller, a former Pro Bowler with the Texans, has reportedly been improving every week as he works back from a torn ACL that forced him to miss all of 2019. In seven seasons with Miami and Houston, he rushed for 5,864 yards on 1,354 carries and scored 32 touchdowns. Miller also caught 209 passes for 1,565 yards and eight TDs. His presence gives the Bears much-needed depth and experience with David Montgomery out due to a concussion.
Kush played for the Bears from 2016-18 and appeared in eight games with four starts at left guard that first season. Even though he’s something of an OG at 31 years old, you might not want to get too high on the 6-4, 317 pounder.
McCullers is a behemoth at 6-7 and 352 pounds, so maybe he can clog up the middle and keep Dalvin Cook from running wild. He’s spent most of his career with the Steelers, playing 73 games and racking up 41 tackles (4 TFL) and 2.5 sacks.
Bray has never appeared in an NFL game, so it’ll have to be going either very good or very bad for the Bears in order for him to step in.