The Bears aren’t quite sure at the moment how long Jay Cutler will be out with a sprained thumb.
But they know they need more than one quarterback.
Backup Brian Hoyer was the only other active quarterback last week, so Barkley gives them a backup option for this week’s game.
Barkley joined the Bears practice squad after not making final cuts in Arizona. The former fourth-rounder has thrown 50 passes in his career.