Bears Release Mike Davis, Promote Ryan Nall

The Bears will retain a 2020 compensatory draft pick after releasing Davis.

Chris Emma
November 09, 2019 - 12:51 pm

(670 The Score) The Bears have informed veteran running back Mike Davis of his release and will promote second-year running back Ryan Nall from the practice squad, a source said. 

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In releasing Davis, 26, the Bears are positioned to retain a 2020 compensatory draft pick. Davis tweeted Saturday morning: "Appreciate you Chicago."

Signed to a two-year, $6-million deal in March, Davis rushed just 11 times for 25 yards in the Bears' first eight games.

"Thinking of something like that is negative," Davis said earlier this week when asked of his expected release. "I really don't care about outside voices or whatever comes with it. All I can do is come up, show up every day, be a great teammate and be ready to go, no matter what happens.

"I just stay positive. That's just something I got to stay positive, stay upbeat. Don't let anything take my joy. Just come in here, have fun and work. I love my teammates around me. I refuse to be that teammates bringing negative vibes."

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Davis had only two carries during the Bears' last four games. Rookie running back David Montgomery has served as the team's leading rusher with 112 carries for 406 yards. 

An undrafted free agent out of Oregon State, Nall was signed to the Bears in spring 2018. He has been part of the practice squad the last two regular seasons.

After ruling out linebacker Isaiah Irving (quad), the Bears promoted linebacker James Vaughters back from the practice squad. In a corresponding move, tight end Bradley Sowell was waived.

The Bears (3-5) host the Lions (3-4-1) at noon CT Sunday from Soldier Field.

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