Although we have to wait until Monday Night Football to see the Chicago Bears play again, the team is already switching up the roster in preparation for their trip to Foxboro, Massachusetts. On Tuesday, the team promoted wide receiver Isaiah Coulter from the practice squad. In order to create space for him on the roster, the Bears waived wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette.
Coulter looked solid during the preseason for the Bears. The 2020 draft pick appeared in one game during his rookie season with the Houston Texans before appearing in two games with the Bears in 2021. Coulter will likely suit up for Bears/Patriots on Monday night.
As for Smith-Marsette, the Iowa product appeared in eight games with the Minnesota Vikings in 2021, making one start. He appeared in all six games with the Bears thus far, hauling in only one catch. However, that catch was when Smith-Marsette was stripped, ending the Bears' comeback chances against the Vikings in Week 5. In addition, Smith-Marsette was flagged on Justin Fields' would-be 52-yard touchdown run, negating the big scoring play.
If Smith-Marsette clears waivers, he will become a free agent. The Bears already filled Coulter's practice squad spot by signing tight end Sammis Reyes. However, Smith-Marsette could certainly return on the Bears' practice squad if unclaimed.