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Roster Move: Bears activate RB Darrynton Evans

Bears running back Darrynton Evans
Bears running back Darrynton Evans

The Bears on Saturday elevated running back Darrynton Evans from the practice squad to the active roster in advance of Sunday's game in Atlanta.

Evans spent the first 10 weeks of the season on the practice squad. He was claimed by the Bears March 10 off waivers from the Titans. 

Selected by Tennessee in the third round of the 2020 draft out of Appalachian State, Evans played in five games as a rookie and one contest last season, all as a reserve, rushing for 61 yards on 16 carries and catching four passes for 38 yards and one touchdown. He also averaged 22.3 yards on 10 kickoff returns with a long of 31 yards.

The 5-11, 200-pounder has missed parts of his first two NFL seasons with injuries and spent all but one week of the 2021 campaign on injured reserve.

Evans was elevated to the active roster after running back Khalil Herbert was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Herbert appeared injured his hip on a 17-yard kickoff return late in Sunday's loss to the Lions. He must miss a minimum of four games and will be eligible to come off IR for the Bears' Dec. 24 home contest against the Bills.

The second-year pro has appeared in all 10 games this season and ranks 11th in the NFL in rushing with 643 yards and four touchdowns on 108 carries. Herbert's best game of the year came in Week 3 when he ran for a career-high 157 yards and two TDs on 20 attempts in a 23-20 win over the Texans.

In other news, rookie sixth-round offensive tackle Zach Thomas on Friday was signed off the Bears practice squad by the Rams.

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