LAKE FOREST, Ill. | The Chicago Bears have placed inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman on injured reserve, another hit for a team coming off a three-win season.
A sixth-year pro, Freeman suffered a pectoral injury and concussion in a season-opening loss to Atlanta on Sunday.
Freeman led Chicago with 110 tackles — a team-high 86 solo — last season. He was with the Colts from 2012-2015.
The Bears also placed receiver Kevin White on injured reserve for the third straight season Tuesday because of a broken shoulder. Receiver Tanner Gentry and linebacker Jonathan Anderson were promoted from the practice squad.
Nick Kwiatkoski figures to replace Freeman in the lineup.
Gentry — a former standout at Aurora’s Grandview High School and then at the University of Wyoming — played in all four of Chicago’s preseason games and caught four passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. He was among the Bears’ last round of cuts and was signed to the team’s practice squad.
The Bears — last in the NFC North in 2016 — visit Tampa Bay this week.