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Special teams in need of help: Worrell to be signed

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Injuries took their toll on special teams in Monday's win over Green Bay and with the roster so thinned out as it is the Bears will bring back a familiar face.

Safety Cameron Worrell will sign a one-year contract in the morning and suit up for Sunday's game at Houston. He has spent the season in California rehabilitating a shoulder injury suffered in preseason with the New York Jets, who waived him injured in August. Worrell had an AC joint injury with Miami last season and it was made worse with New York, leading to surgery 13 weeks ago.

He came to town Wednesday night so he missed Christmas with his wife and two young daughters.

``I made my wife videotape Christmas and I'm looking forward to watching it,'' he said. ``It wasn't an easy decision and I wasn't really pursuing anything. With the Bears, I'm familiar with the system and I know what is expected. I've been through playoff games here and I know what is at stake.''

Worrell, who spent Christmas at the home of cornerback Charles Tillman, was content to wait until the offseason to go looking for a team. He was with the Dolphins last season and started after injuries ravaged them. Then, he tore an ACL in December.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of this,'' said Worrell, who made the Bears as an undrafted tryout player from Fresno State in 2003. ``This is a playoff game Sunday. I've played in playoff games for the Bears before.''

Worrell has solid special teams credentials and in 2006 he tied with Brendon Ayanbadejo for the team lead in tackles with 28.

The Bears will have their choice of injured players to pick through to make room for Worrell. Safety Mike Brown, linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer, running back Kevin Jones and cornerback Marcus Hamilton were all knocked out of the Packers game. It looks like fullback Jason McKie will return after missing four games with a pulled quad. It's possible, although unlikely, that they could make a move with him or his fill-in Jason Davis.

Stay tuned. We'll get a report on the action from Halas Hall during the day. We'll be talking plenty of football in the morning from 7-11 with Hub Arkush on the Score, 670-AM. We're coming off the bench to replace Mully & Hanley and you can listen online at The feed can be found in the upper right-hand corner of the main page.

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A familiar face. Cool.

This is an excellent move by the Bears, as K. Jones has been contributing as of late on special teams.

My biggest concern is Mike Brown being out. Can Steltz really hold up at that position? I didn't see many positives out of him Monday night. I'm not writing him off, but he needs to improve big time. I hate to say it, but he resembled Adam Archuleta out there against the Pack.

Go Bears!!!

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