The Bears are hurting, literally and figuratively, at defensive back. Cornerback Charles Tillman is done for the regular season, nickel back Isaiah Frey has a fractured hand from the Baltimore game and safety Craig Steltz is being held out of work in accordance with concussion protocol.
And in accordance with their “next man up” mantra, they are reaching deep. Really, really deep, back to their 2006 draft when, in the second round, it was announced, “The Chicago Bears select Devin Hester, cornerback, University of Miami.”
Yes, that Devin Hester. And yes, “Cornerback.”
It’s only worth mentioning because Hester was working with the cornerbacks at practice on Wednesday.
“We try to keep Devin as busy as we can throughout the course of practice,” coach Marc Trestman said, laughing. “But you never know. You never know. We certainly want to keep him doing what he’s been doing. But he does have value, certainly, doing other things. And who knows?
“Nothing’s out of the question. It’s not something we’ve spent a lot of time talking about.”
Hester has played some cornerback in the NFL, his rookie season with the Bears. He also had five interceptions as a defensive back with the Hurricanes.
Add to that the fact that Hester had nine tackles as a rookie and a couple his second year before going full time as a receiver/returner.
He played down the notion of a return to corner for himself. But unless the Bears move either Demontre Hurst or C.J. Wilson from practice squad to active roster, the Bears look to be going against the Rams thin at cornerback – Frey, who is injured already, Zackary Bowman, Tim Jennings, Derrick Martin and Sherrick McManis.
As Trestman said, you never know.