Bears’ kicker Robbie Gould strained his left calf during pre-game warm-ups prior to Chicago’s loss to the Vikings last Sunday. He was questionable throughout the game, and the Bears only went to him on each of two extra point attempts.
On Tuesday, the Bears placed the 30 year-old player on season-ending injured reserve, along with CB/ST Sherrick McManis (knee), and S Craig Steltz (chest). In addition, the Bears waived G/C Andre Gurode, leaving a total of four sports available on the 53-man roster.
After a series of workouts at Halas Hall today, the team fill three of the four spots, signing K Olindo Mare to a one-year deal, LB Jerry Franklin to a two-year deal, and promoting WR Joe Anderson from the practice squad.
According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Joe Anderson was getting looks from other tems around the League and would have been signed off the team’s scout unit had the Bears not elevated him.
Filling the open practice squad position, Chicago also signed G Chris Riley.
As for Gould’s replacement, Mare, the 39 year-old veteran (no the oldest player on the team by two years) spent 15 NFL seasons with the Dolphins (1997-06), Saints (2007), Seahawks (2008-10) and Panthers (2011), connecting on 350 of 431 field goal attempts (81.2 percent) and 480 of 486 extra points for 1,530 points.
LB Jerry Franklin, 6-1, 245 lbs., 24 years-old, entered the NFL this season as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos out of Arkansas. He has also seen time on the practice squads of Carolina and Dallas.
The Bears have one open spot remaining on the active roster.