It turned into a trip much longer for the Bears linebacker than he ever anticipated.

Alec Ogletree came to Chicago to visit friend Robert Quinn and ended up staying as an inside linebacker for the Bears.

Perhaps he’ll also stick around in the starting job he’s going to hold when the Bears go to Los Angeles Sept. 12 for the season opener against his old team, the Rams.

“It’s been a journey for sure,” Ogletree said. “I’ve been blessed enough to make it to my ninth year in the league, and it hasn’t all been smooth for sure, but I am here now.

“And I’m thankful for the opportunity to be here and get a chance to play.”

Ogletree will take the place of Danny Trevathan, who’s on injured reserve due to knee soreness. Coach Matt Nagy said the knee injury wasn’t new and Trevathan hadn’t suffered the injury in the preseason finale.

Alec Ogletree’s Short Visit to Chicago – SI.COM By Gene Chamberlain , Sep 2, 2021

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