The Bears are close to signing a new punter for Sunday's game with the Kansas City Chiefs. The club brought in veteran Dirk Johnson, as the Sun-Times suggested it might, and he was at Halas Hall Saturday morning. Johnson is a veteran who was released in the final cutdown by the Philadelphia Eagles. While in Philly he worked with special teams coordinator Dave Toub.
Johnson's services look like they will be needed with Brad Maynard suffering from a groin injury sustained Friday. Maynard is questionable on the injury report.
The Bears will have to place a player on waivers to make room for Johnson. Candidates include fullback Lousaka Polite, cornerback Ade Jimoh and wide receiver Mike Hass. Because it is this late in the week, any player let go will have already received a check.
More on this development as news comes.