With linebacker D.J. Williams scheduled for surgery on his injured pectoral muscle, the Bears moved second-year linebacker Jerry Franklin from the practice squad onto the 53-man roster with the intention of him playing a key role on special teams.
“We’ve seen him since the OTA’s, he’s a young guy, he’s been working, active, and he’ll get some playing time especially on special teams,” said coach Marc Trestman.
Jonathan Bostic, a regular on special teams through six games, will start at middle linebacker, taking him out of special teams for the most part. Franklin was claimed off the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad last December and played special teams in the Bears’ final three games, collecting two tackles.
Franklin was tied for third this preseason with 10 solo tackles and intercepted one pass to end the Bears’ win over the Oakland Raiders.
“I’ve been working to get ready all week,” said Franklin, 6-1, 245 pounds out of Arkansas. “I’m excited and at the same time, a lot of guys are reminding me, just have fun playing the game.”