The hits keep coming for the Bears.
Already riddled with injuries on both sides of the ball, they will reportedly place cornerback Kyle Fuller on injured reserve, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Fuller will be able to return to the Bears in eight weeks.
#Bears CB Kyle Fuller is going to Injured Reserve, source said. A candidate to return to that D in 8 weeks. But tough one now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 27, 2016
Fuller has been dealing with knee soreness since the offseason and through training camp. The Bears shut him down in mid-August, leaving him behind on the team's trip to New England for a pair of joint practices and exhibition game.
Three days after that news surfaced, Fuller had athroscopic knee surgery. There was no timetable given for Fuller's recovery.
Fuller was expected to start this year opposite Tracy Porter. Rookies Deiondre Hall, Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson have seen expanded roles in Fuller's absence.
Through three weeks the winless Bears rank 10th in pass defense, allowing 214 yards per game. But they've only recorded one interception and allowed four touchdowns, giving opponents a passer rating of 97.5, which is 10th worst in the NFL.
On Sunday the Bears face the Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford, who ranks third in the NFL in passing yards, second in touchdowns and sixth in quarterback rating.
With Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem on the shelf with injury, the Bears have reportedly signed running back Joique Bell.
I'm told RB Joique Bell is signing with the #Bears.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) September 27, 2016
Bell spent four seasons with the Lions, tallying 2,235 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns from 2012 to 2015. He also added 161 receptions for 1,640 yards and another score.
Bell was released in February as the Lions opted to get younger at the position.
The 220-pound Bell will provide depth for the Bears at yet another position where they've been ravaged by injury. Ka'Deem Carey missed Week 3 with a hamstring injury suffered the previous week, and Langford will reportedly miss four-to-six weeks with an ankle injury suffered Monday night.
That leaves rookie Jordan Howard, who has shown promise in his first three games, and Raheem Mostert on the depth chart.
The Bears host the Lions on Sunday.
Update: Bell tweeted a link to an Instagram photo of him signing his contract with Ryan Pace: