RB - FA
Week 17 Outlook
Ka'Deem Carey (wrist) has been placed on injured reserve. The Chicago Sun-Times speculates that Carey will be released with an injury settlement.
Carey, a former 4th-round pick who was projected to go much higher before a historically dreadful combine, could never overcome his athletic limitations. The emergence of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen has made Carey irrelevant for Chicago, and he'll try to catch on elsewhere. The book on Carey is out, and barring something improbable, he should be off your radar in all formats. At the time of this note, Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Benny Cunningham, and Jeremy Langford will be the RBs Chicago takes into the season.
The Bears started Jordan Howard, but it was not long before Ka'Dem Carey saw the field. Carey saw four rushing attempts. He did a good job and turned those into 31 yards. He also caught his only target for an additional yard.
Right now Jeremy Langford (ankle) is slotted in as the handcuff for Jordan Howard. However, if he cannot play and Carey keeps showing promise, Langford could see his time as a Chicago Bear come to an end. Right now, the only locks to make the final running back depth chart are Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.
Ka'Deem Carey was barely involved in the Bears offense on Sunday. Carey only rushed once for six yards and caught one pass for 12 yards.
Carey is still playing behind Howard and Langford which means that he holds very little fantasy value, if any at all.
Ka'Deem Carey had two rushing attempts for -1 yards and he also caught one pass for 16 yards.
Ka'Deem Carey's future in the Bears offense is in the air because of Howard's injury. If Howard's injury is long-term, the Bears could go with a committee approach or Carey could be the backup to Langford. Owners should monitor Howard's situation closely.
Ka'Deem Carey did not practice on Wednesday, November 9. The Bears' injury report attributed his absence to illness.
Given what we've seen from other "ill" players earlier this year -- Chris Ivory comes to mind -- it's tough to predict what sort of impact Carey's illness will have on his practice and game participation this week. Given his third-man role in Chicago's backfield, he remains startable only in the event of injury to Jeremy Langford and Jordan Howard.