Sure enough, Sowell is officially back with the team, having signed again Thursday. Rookie running back Kerrith Whyte Jr. was waived in a corresponding move.
Sowell, 30, was waived by the Bears on Monday as they needed to add depth on their defensive line ahead of their game against the Redskins. So Chicago activated defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson from the practice squad and released Sowell from the active roster. He passed through waivers, allowing the Bears to sign him back. Sowell converted from tackle to tight end this offseason.
A seventh-round pick by the Bears in April, the 22-year-old Whyte could return to the team's practice squad in the place vacated by Anderson. Whyte rushed 134 times for 866 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior with Florida Atlantic in 2018. He hasn't played for the Bears yet this season.
The Bears (2-1) host the Vikings (2-1) at Soldier Field on Sunday at 3:25 p.m. CT.