The Chicago Bears haven’t received the return on its investment the team was hoping for from its mid-season trade for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool.

The Bears sent a second-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to Pittsburgh in exchange for Claypool’s services. With every Bears loss, the Steelers’ newly acquired pick gets better and better.

The thought behind the Claypool deal was fine in theory. Find Justin Fields a viable weapon, who is capable of making plays down the field in the passing game.

However, the result hasn’t been ideal. Claypool has played in just five games, totaling 12 catches for 111 yards since arriving in the Windy City. Unfortunately, a knee injury has sidelined Claypool since Week 13’s matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

“It’s super frustrating because missing any game sucks, especially when you want to help the team win and want to help the fans – the fans want to win. I feel like I can help bring that, so it’s frustrating being down, but exciting being back,” Claypool said, adding clarity as to when he might make his return.

While it’s certainly been tough sledding for Claypool, he doesn’t want Bears fans to count him out just yet.

“I hope people haven’t counted me out yet, I’ve got a lot to bring to the table,” Claypool added.

There is a possibility that Claypool makes his return for Sunday’s contest against the Detroit Lions. Claypool did manage to squeeze in two limited practice sessions this week, giving him a chance to suit up despite being listed as questionable.

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