With Roquan Smith questionable for Sunday's game against Houston, the Chicago Bears elevated Joe Thomas to the active roster. The 31-year-old veteran makes the Bears the fifth team he's been on across eight seasons in the NFL.
Thomas spent three seasons with both the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. He only played in seven games in 2021 and for two teams: the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens. Over his eight-year career, he recorded two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
During a week one win over the Jaguars in 2016, Thomas picked off Blake Bortles, the lone interception of his career.
But he's been putting in work on the Bears' practice squad this year and could be of use if Roquan Smith is unavailable with a hip injury. Smith hasn't practiced in days and without getting work in all week, his status is looking seriously doubtful.
If he misses the game, at least a veteran like Joe Thomas can step up. He may not necessarily fill the void but he provides experience and depth for a crucial role in this Chicago defense.