CHICAGO (CBS) — COVID-19 continues to keep the Bears’ roster a merry-go-round, with defensive tackle Bilal Nichols being the latest to go to the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Defensive backs Artie Burns and Duke Shelley are now off the list.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Lake-Effect Snow On The Way With 6 To 8 Inches Possible In Some Areas; Winter Storm Warning Issued
They will have stiff competition if Thomas Graham Jr.’s Monday night performance is any indication. The rookie cornerback was flexed up from the practice squad, and had seven and three passes defensed in his NFL debut.READ MORE: Two Men Shot Dead In Car In Ravenswood; Car Goes On To Crash And Catch Fire
That was good enough to earn him a contract to join the Bears’ 53-man roster.
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“I came in the game super-byped, and then like once after we got out there, I do my normal prayer. I took a deep breath, calmed down. I was just like, I remember my dad telling me, he was like, ‘Do you want to actually play in the NFL?’ and he got me to this moment, and I just felt like, if I didn’t take advantage of this opportunity, I was wasting what a 5-year-old dream, 6-year-old kid’s dream was,” Graham said. “My whole aspect was to come out here and listen to what everybody’s telling me. They told me to have fun. They told me to go out there and play – and you’ve been ready for it,”