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Roster Move: Bears sign RB Darrynton Evans


Running back Darrynton Evans is returning for a second stint with the Bears after being signed off the Dolphins practice squad.

Evans originally joined the Bears March 10, 2022, when he was claimed off waivers from the Titans. After spending the first 10 weeks of last season on the practice squad, he was promoted to the active roster last Nov. 20 after Khalil Herbert was placed on injured reserve with a hip injury.

Evans appeared in six games last year, all as a reserve, rushing for 64 yards on 14 carries and catching one pass for 33 yards.

The 5-10, 203-pounder signed with the Colts in March but was waived in May. He later joined the Bills July 25 and excelled against the Bears in a preseason game at Soldier Field, rushing for 65 yards—including a 35-yard touchdown—on nine carries.

Evans was waived by Buffalo Aug. 29 as part of final cuts and signed with the Dolphins practice squad two days later.

Selected by the Titans in the third round of the 2020 draft out of Appalachian State, Evans played in five games as a rookie and one contest in 2021, 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.

Evans missed parts of his first two NFL seasons with injuries and spent all but one week of the 2021 campaign on injured reserve.

The Bears signed Evans after three of their running backs—Herbert, Roschon Johnson and Travis Homer—all exited Thursday night's win over the Commanders with injuries.

Asked if Herbert had suffered a long-term injury, coach Matt Eberflus on Friday said: "We'll see. We'll see where it is. We've got to see it when he's in here with the doctors. We'll just assess it as it goes. We certainly hope it isn't. We'll see. We don't have that answer yet."

With injuries impacting their running back room, the Bears could turn to veteran D'Onta Foreman, who has been a healthy scratch in each of the last four games after rushing for 16 yards on five carries and catching two passes for eight yards in the season opener against the Packers.

The Bears on Monday also re-signed quarterback Nathan Peterman to the practice squad and released defensive lineman Deslin Alexandre from the practice squad.

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