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Bears place Robbie Gould on IR, sign Olindo Mare

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gould.jpgThe injuries just keep on coming for the Bears. Now, they're without their kicker.

The Bears placed kicker Robbie Gould on injured reserve Tuesday with a left calf injury. They signed 39-year-old veteran Olindo Mare to a one-year contract after trying out kickers at Halas Hall.

Gould strained his left calf during warmups Sunday at the Metrodome. Punter Adam Podlesh handled kickoffs against the Minnesota Vikings, but Gould kicked two extra points.

Asked afterward how he was doing, Gould said, ''I'll be all right."

But on Monday, coach Lovie Smith indicated that the team would try out kickers with Gould ailing.

"Gould injuring his left calf in warmups, that's not ideal for us," Smith said.

How exactly did he hurt it?

"How do you ever hurt or injure a muscle?" Smith said. "I don't know exactly how it happened, but it happens when you're going through your normal routine on things."

The Bears passed up on a 52-yard field goal against the Vikings, which they would have most likely attempted if Gould was OK. Smith, though, wouldn't say Monday if Gould would have tried shorter field goals.

"I can't speculate on anything like that," Smith said. "To say what we would have done [Sunday], there are so many other things on my mind. I haven't really given that a lot of thought.

"We have a plan for what we were going to do in every situation."

Gould, the fourth most accurate kicker in league history, has made 21 of 25 field-goal attempts this season. In his career, he's 208-for-243.

Mare has spent 15 seasons in the NFL, playing for the Dolphins (1997-06), Saints (2007), Seahawks (2008-10) and Panthers (2011). He made 350 of 431 field-goal attempts (81.2 percent) in his career.

More moves

Reserves and special-teams standouts safety Craig Steltz (chest) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (knee) also were placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

The Bears also signed linebacker Jerry Franklin to a two-year contract and elevated receiver Joe Anderson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Guard Chris Riley was signed to Bears' the practice squad, while veteran offensive lineman Andre Gurode was waived.

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This team is full of out of shape sissies!! I hope Emery wakes up and gets rid of some of this dead weight!! How do you pull a calf or a hamstring when you're a professional athlete?? Your body is your job and you pull a muscle?? CLEAN HOUSE!

I like some of these moves by Phil Emery, especially at receiver. Moving receiver Joe Anderson to the 53 man roster gives the Bears another receiver with decent size that can make plays outside, and gives the team depth with so many injury prone receivers already on the roster. Moving Devin Hester to the slot was also a great move, what took the Bears so long to do this? I like where the receiver position is headed for Chicago, kudos to Emery, Marshall and Jeffery as your #1-2, Hester as your slot receiver, and Bennett and Anderson as depth. A position that use to be a team weakness is now one of its strengths, now Emery needs to take care of the offensive line.

Speaking of the o-line, I think veteran guard Andre Gurode was waived because of rookie James Brown showing he can be a starter as a rookie. Maybe Brown can be the left guard the Bears have been searching for? I like Browns potential coming off a college career at Troy where he was a 38 game starter.

The Jerry Franklin signing is interesting. The fact Franklin got a 2 year contract shows Emery sees something in him? Franklin was a middle linebacker at Arkansas who led the team in tackles for 4 straight seasons, which is impressive. According to his scouting report he has nice straight line speed, a 37 1/2 vertical jump, and long arms for a linebacker at 32 7/8. Despite his 5 career interception the knock on Franklin is he's a liability in man coverage. So I don't see him as a middle linebacker in Chicago's cover-2. I think he might be a 2 down strongside linebacker with his ability as a hard hitter and his long arms could come in handy vs NFL tight ends GO BEARS!!

there are many player are some of the injure in the maximum time.according to his scouting report.

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