Enhanced role awaits
Byrd is expected to fill a starting role at receiver alongside Darnell Mooney with Allen Robinson (hamstring) listed as doubtful and Marquise Goodwin (foot/ribs) listed as out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The No. 4 receiver on the depth chart for most of the season, Byrd already saw an elevated opportunity in the Bears' Thanksgiving Day win over the Lions while Robinson was sidelined for a second straight game and after Goodwin exited early in the contest. Though Mooney (5-123-0 receiving line on eight targets) was the clear No. 1 wideout for Chicago, Byrd turned in a modest line of four catches for 42 yards on five targets while serving as a secondary pass catcher. The expected absences of both Robinson and Goodwin for a full game could lead to a slight volume bump for Byrd, but he would probably benefit more from the Bears falling behind early in the home game and being forced into a pass-heavy game script.
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The Bears activated Fields (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Nall was inactive for the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with one rush for four yards and a four-yard reception.
Robinson caught two passes for 22 yards in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 38 receptions for 410 yards and one touchdown in 13 games.
Kmet caught four passes for 48 yards in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 60 receptions for 612 yards.
Dalton completed 33 of 48 passes for 325 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions and rushed once for seven yards in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings. He ended the season with 1,515 passing yards, eight touchdown passes and nine interceptions over eight games.
Mooney caught 12 passes for 126 yards in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 81 receptions 1,054 yards and four touchdowns.
Montgomery rushed 20 times for 72 yards and brought in two of three targets for seven yards in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings. He ended the season with 225 carries for 849 yards and seven touchdowns in addition to 42 receptions for 301 yards.
Fields remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of Sunday's game against the Vikings, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.
Dalton will start Sunday's game in Minnesota, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.
Dalton is expected to make a second straight start in Sunday's season finale at Minnesota after the Bears placed Justin Fields (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.