Bears injury report: Pro Bowl return specialist Jakeem Grant goes on IR

Chicago Bears wide receiver Jakeem Grant runs a punt back for a touchdown during the first half Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021 against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis.

Bears Pro Bowl return specialist Jakeem Grant has been placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He will miss the season finale Sunday against Minnesota and his 2021 season is over.

The Bears announced the move Thursday after practice. Grant earned his first Pro Bowl honors this season. His 97-yard punt return against the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 12 was one of the most electric moments of the season for the Bears. It marked the longest punt return touchdown in the team’s 101-year history.

The Bears traded a future sixth-round draft pick to Miami in exchange for Grant in October. The 29-year-old is set to become a free agent this offseason.

“Our organization, I think they’ve done a great job of always trying to help us with special teams players, and I think that’s what they did [with Grant],” special teams coordinator Chris Tabor said.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Robert Quinn (shoulder) returned to full participation in practice Thursday after taking a day off Wednesday.

Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (ankle) was the only player on the active roster who did not participate in practice Thursday. Nose tackle Eddie Goldman (finger), defensive back Duke Shelley (heel) and quarterback Andy Dalton (groin) are dealing with prior injuries, but were full participants Thursday.

Sean Hammond

Sean Hammond

Sean is the Chicago Bears beat reporter for Shaw Media. He also contributes to high school football coverage at Friday Night Drive. Sean has covered various sports at the amateur, college and professional levels since 2012. He joined Shaw Media in 2016.