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Roster Moves: Bears flex five from practice squad


The Bears on Saturday flexed five players from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday's game in Seattle: quarterback Ryan Willis, receivers Nsimba Webster and Dazz Newsome, outside linebacker Ledarius Mack and cornerback Dee Virgin.

Willis, who was signed to the practice squad Dec. 18, might serve as the Bears' No. 2 quarterback. Veteran Nick Foles will make his first start of the season in place of Justin Fields, who is dealing with an ankle injury. Whether Fields is able to serve as the backup Sunday will be a game-time decision. Regular No. 2 quarterback Andy Dalton has been ruled out of the contest with a groin injury.

Webster has appeared in five games this season, all as a reserve, playing 47 snaps on special teams and one on offense. He has averaged 3.3 yards on four punt returns and recorded five tackles.

Newsome, a rookie sixth-round pick from North Carolina, made his NFL debut Monday against the Vikings, playing 48 snaps on offense and two on special teams.

Mack, the younger brother of Bears star Khalil Mack, has appeared in two games this season, registering one tackle on 20 snaps on defense and one tackle on 10 plays on special teams.

Virgin was signed to the Bears practice squad Dec. 1 and made his 2021 debut Monday night against the Vikings, recording three special teams tackles. He has previously spent time with the Texans, Lions, Rams, Patriots and 49ers.

The Bears on Saturday also activated defensive back Duke Shelley from injured reserve. Shelley has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury he sustained in a Nov. 21 loss to the Ravens. This season Shelley has appeared in nine games with three starts, registering 31 tackles and three pass breakups.

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Larry Mayer

Bears Senior Writer

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