8-8, 3rd NFC North
Adam Shaheen - Chicago came into the year healthy, although Allen Robinson is coming off a major injury in Jacksonville, but things came back clean. This season Adam Shaheen was the tight end to go down, and he came on late last year when Zach Miller suffered a nasty leg injury. Shaeen had some competition with Trey Burton, who is now the clear number one tight end in Chicago. When Shaheen comes back, it will be interesting to see if they work more two tight end sets, mainly because they have a group of strong wide receivers that they invested a lot of money into.
Zach Miller - Technically Zach Miller is still on the roster, although they have two tight ends ahead of him, and Shaheen is one of them. Miller’s career was put in jeopardy last season, after a nasty leg injury, and he is going to miss the year. Chicago signed him to a one year deal, which was more of a class move by the organization rather than them signing him for a long shot to play. Miller’s time in Chicago was created by injuries, and his best year came in 2016 where he had four touchdowns. It is unlikely we see Miller in the league moving forward.
Kevin White was highly touted coming out of college, and was a dominant Big 12 wideout. White has been injured each year of his career so far in the majors, and was drafted back in 2015. Chicago has moved some wide receivers ahead of him, so it is unlikely he gets a chance in Chicago, but if he can stay healthy another team might take a look at him. Jay Cutler was an easy target for us, but also for opposing defenses. He took some brutal hits, and missed a fair amount of time in Chicago. The thumb injuries were reoccurring, but he also had a shoulder injury in 2016 that had him sit out for a few weeks. This led to some subpar seasons, although you’d have to say Cutler’s pedestrian play was more the case. LaMarr Houston is a talented defensive player, and suffered two torn ACLs in his career, and dodged some other injuries along the way. We also go back to when Houston suffered an injury while celebrating against Houston. He ended up missing the season, and he is not the first player to have an injury while celebrating. When Charles Tillman was on the Bears it was a tough watch at times, mainly because Tillman continued to go through tricep injuries, and one led to surgery. Tillman struggled to remain healthy and it led to his retirement after 13 seasons in the NFL. Henry Melton was a threat on the defensive line back in 2013, but tore his ACL in the first quarter of the season. This was a pretty big loss for the defensive line, especially during a time where they were not that good. You can go back to plenty of years of injuries for the Bears in their long history.