QEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
3 weeks ago

The Bears are expected to release Royal (toe) once he can pass a physical, the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Royal had surgery in late December to repair a turf toe injury, finishing his second season in Chicago with 33 catches for 369 yards and a pair of touchdowns in nine games. He's been an effective slot receiver for the Bears when healthy, but his age (30) and 2017 base salary ($5 million) seemingly make him a poor fit for the rebuilding Chicago offense. Assuming the toe heals as expected, Royal shouldn't have much trouble finding another job as a slot specialist and potential return man. It's unclear when he'll be able to pass a physical.

QEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
3 months ago

Royal (toe) completed the season with 33 receptions for 369 yards and two touchdowns while playing in nine games before being placed on injured reserve on December 19.

EDGE Analysis

Royal had posted at least 43 yards in five of six games to start the season before struggling through injuries that eventually led to him being shut down for the season. He'll be under contract with the Bears in 2017, and he'll likely compete for a role as a slot receiver. His fantasy value will eventually depend upon him being able to earn a significant role with the team.

QEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
3 months ago

According to Bears coach John Fox, Royal (toe) will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

EDGE Analysis

Royal missed Chicago's past three games due to a lingering toe problem, which will cost him the Bears' last two tilts as well. With his fate sealed, Royal will finish the 2016 campaign with 33 receptions on 43 targets for 369 yards and two touchdowns, and 166 yards with one score on his 19 punt returns. With both he and Marquess Wilson heading to IR in the past week, the Bears are left with the recently-reinstated Alshon Jeffery, Cameron Meredith and Deonte Thompson as their top three wideouts.

QEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
3 months ago

Royal (toe) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Royal's toe problem will cost him a third straight game, and with Marquess Wilson (foot) sidelined indefinitely, the Bears receiving corps now has another injury to deal with. On the bright side, the team is expected to welcome back top wideout Alshon Jeffery from suspension Sunday.

QEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
3 months ago

Royal (toe) didn't participate at Wednesday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

Royal hasn't practiced in nearly one calendar month as he tends to a toe injury, a span in which he recorded three receptions for seven yards over two outings before logging back-to-back DNPs. There's no indication that a return is nigh, but even if does make another appearance this season, his chemistry with current starting QB Matt Barkley is undetermined, and No. 1 wideout Alshon Jeffery is about to return from a four-game suspension.

QEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
4 months ago

Royal (toe) is inactive for Sunday's game at Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

The Bears' No. 1 wideout in name due to Alshon Jeffery's ongoing suspension, Royal will take a seat for the second straight contest and fourth time in the last seven games. Joining Royal on the inactive list Sunday is Marquess Wilson (groin), leaving Cameron Meredith, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson, and Daniel Brown as the top available receiving options for Matt Barkley.

QEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
4 months ago

Royal (toe) did not practice Friday and is considered doubtful to play Sunday against the Lions.

EDGE Analysis

Royal has been unable to practice this week due to his toe problem, so it's somewhat surprising he hasn't already been ruled out for Sunday's contest. If he's indeed sidelined this weekend, Cameron Meredith could embody Chicago's clear-cut No. 1 wideout, since Marquess Wilson (groin) is also banged up.

QEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
4 months ago

Royal (toe) didn't partake in Wednesday's practice, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After missing practice the past two weeks and earning an inactive tag once, Royal is clearly taking a cautious approach with his injured toe. If he indeed sits out again Sunday in Detroit, he could be joined by Marquess Wilson (groin), leaving Matt Barkley to work with wide receivers Cameron Meredith, Deonte Thompson, and Josh Bellamy.

QEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
4 months ago

Royal (toe) is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

Subjected to no practice reps for the second consecutive week, Royal will remain on the sideline rather than attempt to play through his toe injury, which held him to 12 of the Bears' 80 offensive snaps against the Titans last Sunday. Instead, wide receivers Cameron Meredith, Marquess Wilson, Deonte Thompson, and Josh Bellamy will work in conjunction with quarterback Matt Barkley.

QEddie Royal
WR CHI (9)
4 months ago

Royal (toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

Royal didn't practice Wednesday nor Thursday, so the fact the he still has a chance to play Sunday suggests he may have been involved in some capacity during Friday's session. While the Bears' practice report should clarify that soon, Royal's toe problem limited him to just 12 of Chicago's 80 offensive snaps last Sunday, so his role figures to be tough to rely on even if he's cleared to take the field this weekend.