Byron Pringle

Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #9
Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #9

Byron Pringle News

Disappoints in 2022

Pringle caught one pass for five yards in the Bears' 29-13 loss to the Vikings in Week 18, and ended the season with 10 receptions, 135 yards and two touchdowns over 11 games played.

Analysis: Injuries limited Pringle to 11 games, and he never caught more than two passes or gained 40 yards in a game. During the preseason, he missed significant time due to injury, and he certainly missed out on building chemistry with Justin Fields. It also didn't help that Pringle was part of a low-volume passing attack that frequently rotated their wide receivers. The only year of his four-year career in which he surpassed 170 yards was when he caught 42 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns in 2021 with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. He's now an unrestricted free agent.

Jan 8, 2023 5:25 PM EST

Leads team in targets

Pringle failed to catch any of his four targets in the Bears' 41-10 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Pringle had more than two targets for the first time in the nine games he's played this season, though this was the first time in three games he hasn't recorded at least 34 yards. He'll be considered a low-upside fantasy option in Week 18 against the Vikings.

Jan 1, 2023 4:44 PM EST

Highest yardage total of season

Pringle caught both of his targets for 34 yards in the Bears' 35-13 loss to the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: Pringle has five catches for 63 yards over his last five games, and he hasn't been targeted more than twice in any game this season. His lack of usage will make him a risky fantasy option in Week 17 against the Lions.

Dec 24, 2022 3:01 PM EST

Snags late TD in loss

Pringle caught both of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Pringle's 35-yard touchdown with 2:43 left in the fourth quarter accounted for the vast majority of his production. He has two touchdowns this season and has yet to catch more than two passes in a game. Pringle will likely continue to see limited volume in Chicago's run-heavy offense against the Bills in Week 16.

Dec 18, 2022 2:40 PM EST

Scores first touchdown for Chicago

Pringle caught two passes for 12 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 31-10 loss to the Jets on Sunday.

Analysis: On a pass that appeared to have a high probability of being intercepted, Pringle made an excellent play by going over the top of the defender to secure his first touchdown reception as a member of the Bears. With four catches and 45 yards over four games this year, he'll remain an unreliable fantasy option unless his role in the offense changes.

Nov 27, 2022 5:25 PM EST

First action since Week 3

Pringle caught one pass for 12 yards in the Bears' 31-30 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Pringle has played in three games this season, but he's yet to have more than one catch in a game. Unless his role increases, he'll remain a risky fantasy option.

Nov 13, 2022 5:39 PM EST

Set to rejoin roster

Pringle (calf) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Pringle hasn't played since Week 3 and rejoins a resurgent Bears offense led by the dual-threat capabilities of quarterback Justin Fields. Pringle's return could cut into the snaps of Equanimeous St. Brown who had played at least 60 percent of the offensive snaps in all but two of the last five weeks.

Nov 12, 2022 12:58 PM EST

Designated for return

The Bears designated Pringle (calf) for a return to practice Wednesday, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Pringle's 21-day practice window kicks off now, and Chicago can fully activate him from IR at any point. A calf injury has sidelined Pringle since Week 3, but the five-year veteran appears to be nearing a return to action. Once healthy, Pringle stands to handle a depth role in the Bears' receiving corps.

Oct 27, 2022 5:48 AM EST

Goes to IR with calf injury

Chicago placed Pringle (calf) on injured reserve Tuesday, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.

Analysis: As a result of the transaction, Pringle will have to miss the Bears' next four games and won't be eligible to play until Oct. 30 against the Cowboys after suffering the calf injury in the first half of Sunday's win over the Texans. The five-year veteran has tallied just two receptions for 33 yards on three targets this season, so his absence won't open up much additional volume in what's already been the NFL's worst passing game through the first three weeks.

Sep 27, 2022 9:32 AM EST

Questionable to return

Pringle (calf) is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Texans.

Analysis: Pringle is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Houston, after he was seen walking to the locker room with an apparent calf injury. Before his departure, the 203-pound receiver caught one pass for 11 yards. Expect Darnell Mooney, Equanimeous St. Brown and Dante Pettis to take on an expanded role for the remainder of Sunday's contest against the Texans.

Sep 25, 2022 10:47 AM EST

One grab in opener

Pringle caught one pass for 22 yards in the Bears' 19-10 win over the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: There wasn't much passing going on in a game played in terrible field conditions with heavy rain coming down at various points. Pringle's other target was on a deep pass in the end zone, but the ball was overthrown. We'll get a better feel for his role if the Week 2 game at Green Bay is played in better conditions.

Sep 11, 2022 5:21 PM EST

Cleared for Week 1

Pringle (groin) isn't listed on the injury report for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Analysis: Pringle moved past his preseason groin injury and now faces a tough defense to start the season, though San Francisco's strength lies up front rather than in the secondary. The Bears list Equanimeous St. Brown ahead of Pringle as a starter on their first depth chart of the regular season, but it all looks pretty fluid behind No. 1 receiver Darnell Mooney, with roles likely to alter throughout the season.

Sep 7, 2022 2:31 PM EST

Returns to practice

Pringle (quadriceps) participated in Chicago's Monday practice as the team prepares for their Week 1 matchup against the 49ers, Courtney Cronin of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Pringle suffered the injury on Aug. 6, and he took the field for the first time in over four weeks. It's unclear if he'll need time to get back to full speed, but his participation in practice is a step in the right direction. Going into the preseason, he was expected to be one of the top-three receivers in the team's rotation.

Sep 5, 2022 11:17 AM EST

Remains sidelined

Pringle (quadriceps) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, Courtney Cronin of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Since suffering a quadriceps injury on August 6, Pringle has now missed over three weeks of action. With the season opener being on September 11, he'll have time to take the practice field if he can recover, though no word has been give as to whether he's close to a return.

Aug 30, 2022 4:05 PM EST

Unlikely to suit up Saturday

Pringle (quadriceps) missed Thursday's practice and may not play Saturday against the Browns, Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Pringle suffered a quadriceps injury on August 6 and has yet to return to practice, making it unlikely he plays in the preseason finale. If he sits, he'll have two weeks to heal up to have a chance to play in Week 1.

Aug 27, 2022 7:38 AM EST

Remains sidelined

Pringle (quadriceps) did not practice Wednesday, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Pringle was listed with his injury on August 6, and at the time, it was stated that he could be out a while. Now into his third week of being sidelined, it has yet to be confirmed at to whether he'll play in Saturday's preseason finale.

Aug 24, 2022 10:44 AM EST

May miss preseason finale

Pringle (quadriceps) may not play Saturday against the Browns, Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.

Analysis: It's unclear as to whether Pringle has recovered from his quadriceps injury, but unless the coaching staff decides he needs reps with the backups, the Bears' coaching staff is expected to sit their first-string players to avoid injury in the final preseason contest. Assuming that's the case, and if he's healthy to start the regular season, he'll make his Chicago debut in Week 1 against the 49ers.

Aug 21, 2022 9:35 AM EST

Won't play this week

Pringle (quadriceps) won't play in Thursday's preseason game against Seattle, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Pringle is the favorite for Chicago's No. 2 receiver job after signing a one-year, $4.1 million contract this offseason. His continued absence could create an opening for someone else to push for the role, but a bunch of the candidates have also missed practice time with injuries, including David Moore (lower body), N'Keal Harry (ankle surgery), Velus Jones (undisclosed) and Tajae Sharpe (undisclosed). The Bears should have Jones back for Thursday's preseason game, though the third-round rookie won't necessarily get run with the starters, even in Pringle's absence. Equanimeous St. Brown got the start alongside No. 1 receiver Darnell Mooney in Chicago's preseason opener.

Aug 18, 2022 12:53 PM EST

Not expected to play Saturday

Pringle (quad) won't likely play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.

Analysis: This was expected as coach Matt Eberflus previous stated that he hopes to see Pringle at some point this preseason after the receiver was reported to have injured his quadriceps on August 6.

Aug 11, 2022 11:12 AM EST

Could miss time due to quad injury

Pringle is dealing with a quadriceps injury that could keep him out for awhile, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Head coach Matt Eberflus is "hopeful" the former Chiefs wideout will play at some point this preseason which should indicate the severity of the injury. The Bears also lost N'Keal Harry to a possibly serious leg injury in Saturday's practice while 2022 third-round pick Velus Jones sat out with an undisclosed injury. The dizzying number of injuries to Bears pass catchers leaves just Darnell Mooney and Equanimeous St. Brown as the only two healthy bodies among the projected top five wideouts.

Aug 6, 2022 10:50 AM EST

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