The 2021 sixth-round selection was having a great year up until Week 10, including a 20-157-2 performance in Week 3 and a 16-99-1 performance in Week 8, the latter of which came with David Montgomery in the lineup. Montgomery should hold on to the team's RB1 role, but his ceiling his further capped with Herbert's return.
Coach Matt Eberflus was quoted earlier in the week that he was expecting N'Keal Harry back in a month or so. This obviously makes the timeline much longer, stretching now until at least the middle of the season.
The already-thin wide receiver group becomes even thinner, although the team wasn't likely to be relying on a career resurgence into a number one option by Harry this season. The Bears were unable to claim any wide receivers off the wire this week, and were actually forced to put Tajae Sharpe on IR to clear room for the six players they did claim.
The 24-year-old sustained the high-ankle sprain during Saturday's practice and now will miss all of the preseason and around a month of regular season action. This leaves the already barren Bears WR depth chart even thinner, offering QB Justin Fields a steep hill to climb during his sophomore year.