Sanborn ended the season with 64 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble over 15 games played.
Analysis: After the Bears traded away Roquan Smith, Sanborn (knee) moved into a full-time role until suffering a season-ending injury in Week 15. During his time as starter, he averaged 11 tackles per game and was an elite IDP option. If he returns healthy in 2023, he should resume his status as a strong IDP option. He's signed through the 2024 season.
Jan 8, 2023 5:39 PM EST
Chicago will place Sanborn (ankle) on injured reserve Tuesday, which will end his 2022 campaign, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Since taking over as a full-time starter in Week 9, Sanborn totaled 59 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble, so his absence will be a huge blow to Chicago's defense. However, the undrafted rookie's performance after the trade of Roquan Smith has to leave the Bears brass thinking they have a long-term find in the Wisconsin linebacker.
Dec 20, 2022 11:26 AM EST
Sanborn (ankle) has been downgraded to out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Analysis: Sanborn logged five solo tackles before going down with an ankle injury early in the second half. While the nature and severity of this issue are still unclear, the undrafted rookie will now have a slightly short week to recover before Saturday's game against the Bills. Sanborn has stepped up into a bigger role since the trade of star middle linebacker Roquan Smith, logging double-digit tackles in each of the previous four games. In his stead, Matt Adams will likely see increased usage alongside Nicholas Morrow.
Dec 18, 2022 12:33 PM EST
Sanborn (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game versus Philadelphia, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Sanborn appeared to get rolled up on during an awkward play and then left the field under his own power. Veteran Joe Thomas should see an expanded role in the rookie's absence.
Dec 18, 2022 12:05 PM EST
Sanborn recorded 11 tackles in the Bears' 28-19 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Analysis: Sanborn has at least 11 tackles in three of his five starts while not posting fewer than seven stops in any of those games, and he'll remain an elite IDP option for the foreseeable future.
Dec 4, 2022 5:59 PM EST
Sanborn tallied 15 stops in the Bears' 31-10 loss to the Jets on Sunday.
Analysis: Sanborn has recorded at least nine tackles in each of his last three games, and he's been an elite IDP option since taking over the linebacker spot when Roquan Smith was traded.
Nov 27, 2022 5:42 PM EST
Sanborn tallied nine tackles and a fumble recovery in the Bears' 27-24 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: Sanborn has posted at least seven tackles in each of his three starts, and he's averaging nine tackles, making him a high-end IDP option. His role on the defense should continue to produce for the duration of the season.
Nov 20, 2022 3:22 PM EST
Sanborn tallied 12 tackles and two sacks in the Bears' 31-30 loss to the Lions on Sunday.
Analysis: In his second game since taking over the starting job after Roquan Smith was traded, Sanborn was the best IDP option among the Chicago defenders. He was the only Bears' player to record a sack, and the next closest defender to his tackle total fell five stops short of Sanborn. He's averaging 9.5 tackles and a sack in his two starts, and he appears to be a strong IDP option going forward.
Nov 13, 2022 6:05 PM EST
Sanborn tallied seven tackles in the Bears' 35-32 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.
Analysis: With Chicago having traded away Roquan Smith, Sanborn stepped into a significant role on defense. It's unclear as to whether he retain a similar role going forward, but IDP managers in need of a linebacker who has a possibility of becoming a factor may consider adding him to rosters.
Nov 6, 2022 5:31 PM EST
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