The Chicago Bears have lost a potential offensive lineman as the team announced On Tuesday, he placed shooting guard Dakota Dozier on injured reserve. Dozier, who will reportedly miss the 2022 season, was taken off the training ground last week with a left knee or leg injury.
According to Chicago Sun-Times, Dozier rotated at right back with Sam Mastifer. Rookie Zachary Thomas was also reported to have been on guard for some time. The Bears are in position at several points along the offensive line, and Dozier’s injury makes it look like new general manager Ryan Poles could explore some other options as a free agent.
Dozier signed deal for one year with the Bears earlier this offseason, having spent the last three years with the rival Minnesota Vikings. In 2020, he started all 16 games as a left back, but in 2021 he only played six games with a clean start and was .
Dozier was originally selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft from Furman. He played in 76 games (27 starts) 38 games in his first seven seasons in the league. The Bears have not released any information about his specific injury.