Wed, 01 Feb 2023

Larry Mayer

The Bears on Saturday made the following roster moves in advance of Sunday's road game against the Jets:

Promoted running back Darrynton Evans from the practice squad to the active roster.

Evans has appeared in two games this season, a Week 4 loss to the Giants and last Sunday's defeat to the Falcons, playing two snaps on offense and 16 on special teams. For the second straight week, he'll help fill the void left by the absence of running back Khalil Herbert, who is on injured reserve with a hip injury he sustained two weeks ago versus the Lions.

Evans spent the first 10 weeks of the season on the practice squad. He was claimed by the Bears March 10 off waivers from the Titans.

Selected by Tennessee in the third round of the 2020 draft out of Appalachian State, Evans played in five games as a rookie and one contest last season, all as a reserve, rushing for 61 yards on 16 carries and catching four passes for 38 yards and one touchdown. He also averaged 22.3 yards on 10 kickoff returns with a long of 31 yards.

The 5-11, 200-pounder missed parts of his first two NFL seasons with injuries and spent all but one week of the 2021 campaign on injured reserve.

Flexed quarterback Nathan Peterman and linebacker DeMarquis Gates from the practice squad to the active roster.

Peterman signed with the Bears May 11 and has spent the first 11 weeks of the season on their practice squad. The four-year veteran has appeared in 10 career NFL games with the Bills (2017-18) and Raiders (2019-21).

Peterman was selected in the fifth round, 171st overall by the Bills in the 2017 draft out of Pittsburgh. During his two seasons in Buffalo, he appeared in eight games with four starts, passing for 548 yards and three touchdowns.

Gates signed with the Bears Aug. 6. He has previously spent time with the Browns (2018), Commanders (2019) and Vikings (2020) but has not appeared in an NFL regular-season game.

Waived cornerback Lamar Jackson. In five games this season, Jackson has played eight snaps on defense and 61 on special teams.

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