Darnell Mooney

Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #11
Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #11
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Darnell Mooney News

Goes on IR

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

Analysis: Mooney's move to IR comes as little surprise after Bears head coach Matt Eberflus revealed Monday that the receiver would require season-ending surgery to address the right ankle injury he sustained in Sunday's loss to the Jets. The third-year player finishes the season with 40 receptions for 493 yards and two touchdowns across 61 targets in 10 games. The Bears are left with Chase Claypool, Equanimeous St. Brown, Dante Pettis, Byron Pringle, Velus Jones and N'Keal Harry as their healthy options at receiver with their No. 1 target out for the season.

Nov 29, 2022 11:35 AM EST


Out for season per HC

Coach Matt Eberflus said Monday that Mooney (ankle) is likely headed to IR and will need ankle surgery, which will end his season, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: As expected, Mooney's season is over after suffering an ankle injury on a run play during Sunday's loss to the Jets. He'll end his season with 40 receptions on 61 targets for 493 yards and two touchdowns. It will wind up being a disappointing third season for the wideout, who totaled a career-high 1,055 receiving yards last year.

Nov 28, 2022 12:24 PM EST



Season-ending surgery likely

Mooney likely needs season-ending surgery for the ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's 31-10 loss to the Jets, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mooney went down in pain after having his leg rolled up on. It turns out the injury was to his ankle, and while further tests are necessary for confirmation, the expectation is that Mooney will need season-ending surgery. He'll likely finish his third NFL season with 40 catches for 493 yards and two touchdowns on 61 targets, getting less than halfway to last year's career-high 1,055 yards.

Nov 27, 2022 5:49 PM EST


Injures leg Sunday

Mooney left Sunday's game at the Jets with an apparent leg injury, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: On the first play of the Bears' second drive of the third quarter, Mooney stayed on the turf for a spell as he was tended to by team trainers. He then wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he was assisted to the locker room. The nature of the issue is unknown, but Chicago may have to go with Equanimeous St. Brown, Chase Claypool, Dante Pettis, Byron Pringle and Velus Jones at wide receiver for the rest of Week 12.

Nov 27, 2022 11:55 AM EST


Finds end zone in Week 11 loss

Mooney caught four of five targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: Mooney capped Chicago's first possession with a 16-yard touchdown catch. He got behind his defender deep downfield on the next drive, but Justin Fields overthrew the speedy wide receiver. Chicago went with a run-heavy approach the rest of the way, and Mooney actually finished with team-high totals in targets and catches. Fields hurt his non-throwing shoulder late in the game, but even if the starting quarterback plays in Week 12 against the Jets, Mooney will be tough to trust against standout rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner.

Nov 20, 2022 1:33 PM EST



Four catches Sunday

Mooney caught all four of his targets for 57 yards in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: The four targets represented Mooney's lowest volume since Week 2, but the third-year wideout did what he could with them. Cole Kmet has emerged as Justin Fields' favorite option in recent weeks, leading the Bears with seven targets Sunday and catching five TDs over the last three games, but no other Chicago player saw more than two targets. Mooney remains the top WR in a low-volume passing attack heading into a Week 11 clash with the Falcons.

Nov 13, 2022 3:38 PM EST


First TD of '22 in loss

Mooney secured seven of eight targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 35-32 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. He also rushed once for two yards.

Analysis: Mooney led the Bears in receptions, receiving yards and targets while also recording his first touchdown of the season on a nifty 16-yard catch with 1:53 remaining in the first half. The third-year speedster's production continues to unsurprisingly run parallel to Justin Fields' improved efficiency and accuracy, as he now has at least five receptions in three of his last four games. Mooney will aim for another trip to the end zone in a favorable Week 10 home divisional battle against the Lions.

Nov 6, 2022 3:56 PM EST


Overcomes slow start

Mooney recorded five receptions on five targets for 70 yards in Sunday's 49-29 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Mooney got off to a slow start in the first half by tallying only one reception for three yards, with the Bears instead heavily reliant on their rushing attack. However, he was able to make some big plays in the second half -- highlighted by gains of 36 and 17 yards -- to lead the team in both receptions and receiving yards. His volume remains inconsistent, but Mooney has at least one catch of more than 20 yards in five straight games. In that same span, he's managed a minimum of 52 receiving yards.

Oct 30, 2022 4:53 PM EST


Fades after hot start

Mooney recorded three receptions on six targets for 53 yards in Monday's 33-14 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Mooney helped the Bears get off to a hot start offensively, tallying receptions of 20,17 and 16 yards prior to halftime. However, Justin Fields attempted just eight passes in the final two quarters with the Bears in control of the game, limiting Mooney's potential for a big performance. Despite the disappointing close to the game, Mooney has topped 50 receiving yards in four consecutive games after combining to post 27 yards across the first three contests of the campaign.

Oct 24, 2022 9:16 PM EST


Comes up just short on final play

Mooney secured seven of 12 targets for 68 yards in the Bears' 12-7 loss to the Commanders on Thursday night.

Analysis: The third-year speedster led the Bears in receptions and targets while checking in second in receiving yards, but his final catch of the night is what will draw the most attention. Mooney hauled in a pass from Justin Fields that initially hit him in the chest mid-air as his body crossed the plane of the goal line, but he bobbled it and didn't secure it until coming down about a half-yard short of the end zone. The fact the play unfolded on fourth down with 30 seconds remaining and the Bears down five naturally magnifies the failure to score and sullies what was otherwise a second straight encouraging performance for Mooney following a forgettable start to the season. The 2020 fifth-round pick will aim to atone when the Bears visit the Patriots for a Week 7 Monday night showdown Oct. 24.

Oct 13, 2022 8:41 PM EST


Makes highlight grab

Mooney caught two of five targets for 52 yards in Sunday's 29-22 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Mooney's performance was highlighted by an outstanding one-handed catch for 39 yards during the second quarter. That play marked Chicago's longest through the air, helping quarterback Justin Fields finish with a season-high 208 passing yards. With back-to-back games with at least 50 receiving yards, Mooney has built a bit of momentum ahead of Week 6's matchup versus the Dolphins.

Oct 9, 2022 1:43 PM EST


Season-high 94 yards in loss

Mooney caught four of five targets for 94 yards in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Mooney came into this one averaging just nine receiving yards per game in 2022 but posted a performance reminiscent of last season's 1,055-yard campaign. He accounted for most of Justin Fields' 174 passing yards, with the majority of Mooney's production coming on a 56-yard catch in the first quarter. Mooney should remain the top fantasy option in Chicago's low-volume passing game against the Vikings in Week 5.

Oct 2, 2022 2:03 PM EST


Two catches in Week 3

Mooney caught two of six targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Mooney led the Bears in targets but once again failed to make much of an impact as Justin Fields completed only eight passes. Fields is averaging fewer than 100 passing yards per game, so it will be tough to trust any Bears receivers in Week 4 against the Giants, though Mooney remains the nominal top option among that group.

Sep 25, 2022 2:46 PM EST


No progress in Week 2

Mooney caught one of two targets for minus-4 yards in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Two weeks into the season, Mooney has just four receiving yards on five targets, and there wasn't any inclement weather to blame his poor performance on this time. He's far from the only member of Chicago's passing attack that's off to a slow start, as quarterback Justin Fields has thrown for just 182 yards through two games. Mooney will try to get his season on track in Week 3 against the Texans and rookie cornerback Derek Stingley, whom Houston selected third overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Sep 18, 2022 9:03 PM EST


Slow start to season

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

Analysis: Mooney didn't catch his only pass until the fourth quarter, though he was targeted three times. Both teams threw for just 285 yards, as the game was played on a soaked field along with intermittent heavy rain. He should go back to being heavily targeted when the Bears travel to Green Bay next week.

Sep 11, 2022 5:12 PM EST


One catch in preseason finale

Mooney caught his only target for five yards in Chicago's preseason game against Cleveland on Saturday.

Analysis: Mooney didn't have much to do in Chicago's preseason finale, but the exact opposite will be the case when the Bears kick off their regular season schedule. As much as his Week 1 matchup against San Francisco might be less than favorable, the Bears might need to give him a good target count anyway.

Aug 27, 2022 7:52 PM EST


In line to play Saturday

Mooney may play the entire first half along with the Bears' starters in Saturday's preseason finale against the Browns,

Analysis: Mooney was on the field for one drive last week, but coach Matt Eberflus expects to play his starters for the entire first half against Cleveland. Mooney appears to be the unquestioned top option in the Chicago passing attack for Justin Fields going into this season.

Aug 27, 2022 7:54 AM EST


Likely to sit Saturday

Mooney and the Bears starters are expected to be sidelined Saturday against the Browns, Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.

Analysis: After playing the starters briefly in each of the first two preseason games, the first-string unit is expected to sit out in order to avoid unnecessary injury. Assuming that's the case, we'll see Mooney next in Week 1 against the 49ers.

Aug 21, 2022 9:28 AM EST


Plays one drive Thursday

Mooney caught one of two targets for six yards in Thursday's 27-11 preseason win over Seattle.

Analysis: Both of Mooney's targets came from starting quarterback Justin Fields, as they both played the first drive and got the remainder of the night off. Chicago's No. 1 wide receiver will likely be used sparingly once again in the Bears' Aug. 27 preseason finale in Cleveland.

Aug 18, 2022 9:18 PM EST


Limited action expected Thursday

Mooney may be on the field for six-to-10 plays in Thursday's game against the Seahawks Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After playing in two series last week, Mooney is likely to see a similar amount of work this week. However, Fishbain also reported that some players may see 20 snaps, so that's possible for Mooney as well. Coach Matt Eberflus cites the short week as to why starters aren't playing more.

Aug 16, 2022 11:13 AM EST


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