The Bears made roster moves on Tuesday, re-signing LB Dom DeCicco to the active roster on a two-year contract, and re-signing RB Harvey Unga to the practice squad. The Bears had one open spot remaining on their 53-man roster after offensive guard Chilo Rachal left the team late last month. QB Matt Blanchard was terminated to make room for Unga.
As for Blanchard, the Bears opted to release him in the pre-season and only carry two QBs on their active roster, Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell, resigning him to the practice squad only after he cleared waivers. After Cutler went down this season with a concussion, missing Week-11, the team re-signed QB Josh McCown to the active roster. Now with three active QBs, the Bears had no need to carry Blanchard, even if on the scout team.
Harvey Unga spent the first four weeks of the 2012 season on the Bears' practice squad and has spent the last three preseasons with Chicago but has not appeared in a regular season contest.
The Bears brining back DeCicco is in direct correlation to a report first made by the Chicago Tribune, citing sources that MLB Brian Urlacher is likely to miss the next three games—possibly the rest of the regular season—with a Garde-2 hamstring strain. Urlacher suffered the injury in Week-13 against the Seattle Seahawks.
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While it’s likely that Nick Roach will fill in for the injured Urlacher with Geno Hayes moving over to strong-side linebacker, DeCicco provides the Bears with added depth and a good special teams performer (he was second on the team in special teams tackle with 17 in 2011).
DeCicco was waived/injured in the preseason after it was learned he needed surgery to repair a groin injury. Because the Bears paid him an injury settlement, he could not re-sign with the team until Week-10 of this season. I’d expect the undrafted free agent out of the University of Pittsburg to get snaps on special teams right out of the gate.
In addition to the roster moves made, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson cites sources that the Bears brought in former Seahawks’ QB Josh Portis for a workout on Tuesday, along with former Texans/Lions WR Terrance Toliver. It doesn't appear imminent that either player signs with the team.