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Israel Idonije

Israel Idonije - #71 - DE

Status Inactive
Height/Weight 6' 6"/ 275 lbs.
Birthday 11/17/1980
Birthplace Brandon, MB
College Manitoba
Years played 10

NFL's overseas growth is in London's shadow

Posted Oct. 23, 2012 @ 12:18 p.m. ET
Foreign-born NFL players, like Raiders DL Jack Crawford, are seeing the sport grow in their home countries at varying rates.

Bears eager to unleash 'hungry' rookie McClellin

Posted June 16, 2012 @ 3:32 p.m. ET
The Bears are hoping to see DE Shea McClellin's competitive nature at full throttle when he returns in late July.

Bears' Idonije could lose starting job

Posted May 13, 2012 @ 12:32 p.m. ET
With Chicago drafting DE Shea McClellin in the first round, DLE Israel Idonije will have to fight to retain his starting DLE spot, according to NFC Whispers.

Bears seek pass-rush help from late-riser McClellin

Posted April 26, 2012 @ 10:50 p.m. ET
Phil Emery addressed an area of need on defense with his first draft pick as general manager, selecting Boise State DE Shea McClellin.

Bears re-sign DE Idonije

Posted March 15, 2012 @ 7:20 p.m. ET
The Bears announced they re-signed unrestricted free-agent DE Israel Idonije to a one-year deal Thursday.

Free-agent scouting report: Bears DE Israel Idonije

Posted March 06, 2012 @ 12:39 p.m. ET
Although he's 31, Bears DE Israel Idonije may be an attractive free-agent option for a team seeking a hardworking, versatile defensive lineman.

Bears' McCaskey says roster decisions 'firmly' in GM's hands

Posted Feb. 16, 2012 @ 1:08 p.m. ET
PFW caught up with Bears chairman George McCaskey Wednesday at Halas Hall after a forum on health and safety for high school coaches and players concluded.

Bears players of the week: Week 17

Posted Jan. 01, 2012 @ 5:50 p.m. ET
PFW associate editor Dan Parr selects an offensive, defensive and special-teams player of the week for the Bears following their Week 17 win over the Vikings.

Five Bears questions with PFW publisher Hub Arkush

Posted Dec. 29, 2011 @ 8:44 a.m. ET
Hub Arkush says the Bears have too many glaring needs elsewhere to spend time looking for Brian Urlacher's heir apparent in the 2012 draft.

Bears-Packers matchup of the day: Wednesday

Posted Dec. 21, 2011 @ 2:13 p.m. ET
Julius Peppers, who has 10 sacks this season, has the power, quickness and agility to dominate against Packers OLT Marshall Newhouse.

Seahawks-Bears matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Dec. 13, 2011 @ 7:40 p.m. ET
This is a week where Julius Peppers could dominate if the Seahawks don't do all they can to help OLT Paul McQuistan.

Bears-Broncos matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Dec. 06, 2011 @ 7:32 p.m. ET
The task of keeping contain and not allowing QB Tim Tebow to get to the edge when he tries to scramble falls on Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije on Sunday.

Bears stock report: Week 13

Posted Dec. 05, 2011 @ 10:56 p.m. ET
PFW associate editor Dan Parr gives his stock analysis of the Bears and identifies who, or what, is on the rise or decline following their Week 13 loss to the Chiefs.

Bears players of the week: Week 13

Posted Dec. 04, 2011 @ 9:37 p.m. ET
Associate editor Dan Parr selects an offensive, defensive and special-teams player of the week for the Bears following their Week 13 loss to the Chiefs.

Chiefs-Bears matchup of the day: Thursday

Posted Dec. 01, 2011 @ 4:25 p.m. ET
Bears DE Julius Peppers has the strength to win battles against Chiefs OLT Branden Albert.


Posted April 01, 2010
The Chicago Bears have released veteran defensive end Alex Brown.||||||| Mark Anderson, who had strong rookie season in 2006 with 12 sacks, could now be the starter. The Bears also intend to move Idonije from tackle to defensive end.
Posted Dec. 31, 2009
Idonije was miss Sunday's season finale after suffering a foot injury against Minnesota on Monday.||||||| Idonije has a chance to be a vital part for the Bears defense next season, especially as a defensive end.
Posted May 29, 2009
Idonije has agreed to a two-year contract extension that keeps him with the Chicago Bears through 2011.||||||| Idonije started three games and appeared in all 16 last season, posting career highs with 28 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks. A former undrafted free agent, Idonije has appeared in 71 games over the past five seasons, registering 99 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks.
Posted Sept. 08, 2006
Idonije is questionable for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. The Chicago Bears defensive tackle is recovering from an ankle injury that caused him to miss practice Wednesday and Thursday.||||||| Idonije is expected to play on Sunday, but his role was never higher than backup to Adewale Ogunleye at left defensive end. Idonije had 10 tackles and one fumble recovery in 11 games -- one start -- for the Bears in 2005.