I literally lost my breakfast when I saw this story come across the wires. But the Chicago Bears signed Olindo Mare and placed kicker Robbie Gould on injured reserve. This isn’t what the doctor ordered for a Bears team fighting for a playoff spot with three games remaining and a huge showdown at Soldier Field against the Green Bay Packers.
Gould injured his left calf last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings during pregame warmups, and was still successful on two extra points. The Bears did pass up a 53-yard field goal attempt that would have been standard with Gould’s leg and accuracy. Punter Adam Podlesh filled in on kickoffs.
Mare somehow beat out veteran kickers Billy Cundiff and Neil Rackers this morning at Halas Hall. Here’s to hoping that the season doesn’t come down to a long field goal. Let’s just say my confidence in Mare waivers between zero and less than one.
In other news, the Bears released veteran offensive lineman Andre Gurode and promoted receiver Joe Anderson from the practice squad. Gurode was signed two-weeks earlier to replace injured Lance Louis on the roster. With Chris Spencer‘s knee in question, the Bears needed an insurance policy. This move signals the return of Spencer and the Bears recognizing that minus Brandon Marshall and a rare catch by Alshon Jeffrey, their receivers are terrible. Although I wonder why the Bears didn’t see if Gurode could play tight end considering how horrible Kellen Davis, Matt Spaeth and company have played this season.
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