NFC North Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
5-1-0 9-8-0
3-3-0 8-9-0
0-6-0 3-14-0

2022 Defensive

Total Tackles
Forced Fumbles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 57 1.0 0 0 0

Top Joe Thomas News

  • Bears' Joe Thomas: Hits open market

    Thomas recorded 14 tackles and recovered a fumble in the Bears' 29-13 loss to the Vikings in Week 18, and ended the season with 62 tackles and a fumble recovery over 15 games played.

    Thomas was seeing inconsistent snaps as a backup for most of the season, but after the Bears traded Roquan Smith and then Jack Sanborn suffered a season-ending injury, Thomas took on a starting role and averaged eight tackles down the stretch. Thomas, an eight-year veteran, will likely battle for a depth role as an unrestricted free agent.

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  • Bears' Joe Thomas: Strong fantasy performance

    Thomas recorded 13 tackles in the Bears' 41-10 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

    Since taking over the middle linebacker role after Jack Sanborn was placed on injured reserve, Thomas has at least six tackles in each of his last three games. He should remain a high-floor IDP option in Week 18 against the Vikings.

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  • Bears' Joe Thomas: Seven tackles in loss

    Thomas registered seven tackles (six solo) in Saturday's 35-13 loss to the Bills.

    Thomas has seen his workload increase as the season has gone on and after Jack Sanborn (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Thomas played all 58 of Chicago's defensive snaps in Week 16. Over the last two weeks, the linebacker has produced 13 tackles after he logged just 12 total stops over the previous nine games combined. Thomas will likely operate as the Bears' starting middle linebacker for the remainder of the season.

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  • Bears' Joe Thomas: Takes on expanded role

    Thomas recorded a sack and six tackles in the Bears' 25-20 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.

    Over the past month, Thomas was playing mostly on special teams, but after Jack Sanborn (ankle) left the game with an injury, Thomas posted his highest tackle total of the season while recording his first sack as a member of the Bears. If Sanborn misses time, Thomas may be a reasonable streaming option in IDP leagues.

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  • Bears' Joe Thomas: Joins active roster

    The Bears signed Thomas to the active roster from the practice squad Tuesday, Larry Mayer of the team's official site reports.

    Thomas joins the active roster because of the placement of Byron Pringle (calf) on IR. He played 46 percent of defensive snaps Week 3 versus Houston in place of Matt Adams (hamstring), racking up five tackles (two solo).

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  • Joe Thomas: Heads back to practice squad

    Thomas reverted to the Bears' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

    Thomas was elevated to the main roster with Matt Adams (hamstring) inactive for the Bears' 23-20 win over the Texans on Sunday. The former ended up playing 46 percent of the team's defensive snaps, recording five tackles (two solo).

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  • Joe Thomas: Released by Chicago

    The Bears released Thomas on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Thomas made the initial 53-man roster but was let go a day later to make room for a wave of waiver claims. The journeyman linebacker has played for four different teams across his seven-year career but hasn't been fantasy relevant since notching 70 tackles in 2016.

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  • Bears' Joe Thomas: Makes final roster

    Thomas is one of six linebackers on the Bears' 53-man roster, according to the team's official site.

    Thomas will be playing on his fifth team in eight NFL seasons, and he has two seasons in which he's posted more than 33 tackles. Since having a strong year with the Packers in 2016, his best fantasy season since was in 2020, when he totaled 48 tackles with the Cowboys. He'll likely go undrafted in many IDP leagues, but if he gets off to a strong start, he'll be worth monitoring on the waiver wire.

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  • Bears' Joe Thomas: Signs with Chicago

    Thomas signed a contract with the Bears on Tuesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Thomas appeared in seven games for Baltimore and Houston during the 2021 campaign and totaled 13 tackles (nine solo) while primarily playing special teams. He'll likely need a strong showing in training camp to earn a spot on the season-opening roster.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 227 lbs
Birthplace: Aiken, SC
Age: 31
School: SC State
Experience: 9