Sure enough, that feeling panned out on Wednesday after the Bears re-signed Schofield to the 53-man roster. Head coach Matt Eberflus informed the media during his Wednesday press conference.
Granted, a big reason why -if not the entire reason why- is because the team had to place former first-rounder and recent waiver wire claim Alex Leatherwood on the NFI (non-football injury) list. Leatherwood will miss at least the next four games, per NFL rules.
“We signed offensive lineman Michael Schofield back to the active roster,” Eberflus told reporters. “We placed Alex Leatherwood on NFI … and that’s for illness. We feel great about where he is and him coming back.”
Schofield may not have made it through roster cuts, but he knows the Bears offense and he has a lot of quality starting experience in the NFL. He is a former third-round pick who has appeared in 102 games with 81 starts since 2014. Those numbers include 15 appearances with 12 starts in 2021. He also started in and won Super Bowl L with the Denver Broncos and has two postseason starts with the Los Angeles Chargers under his belt.
Schofield won’t be beating anyone for a starting job anytime soon, but he will provide decent depth until Leatherwood returns.
You can check out Eberflus’ full presser, below:
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