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Bears kicker Robbie Gould to return to practice

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Kicker Robbie Gould is set to return to the practice fields with his Bears teammates during organized team activities on Thursday.

Gould is yet take part in any offseason workouts with the Bears and new coach Marc Trestman because of a leg injury suffered while warming up before the Bears' game Dec. 9 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Former coach Lovie Smith initially said Gould injured his left calf, but ESPN reported Gould -- who ran the Shamrock Shuffle 8K in April -- had surgery in January to repair a ruptured tendon.

Gould flew to Dallas on Tuesday to be evaluated by his doctor. On Wednesday morning, he said on Twitter, "Finished my last dr appt. Excited to get back on the field with my teammates tomorrow. #BearDown." The Bears' have their sixth day of OTAs on Thursday.

The Bears signed undrafted free agent Austin Signor to a three-dear deal on April 19 to compete with Gould this offseason. Signor, who went to Iowa and Eastern Illinois, has been with the Bears since their voluntary minicamp in April.

Bears general manager Phil Emery always expected Gould to be ready at some point this offseason. He also said he was "absolutely" confident that Gould would rebound from his injury.

"You should see him in there working," Emery said after the draft. "He's very dedicated. He wants to have the best career possible. He's very focused. Robbie is a great guy to be around and he's fun. He's always got a little something for me when I go by him, and I really enjoy the relationship and who he is. We're very proud he's with the Bears. We fully expect him to recover."

Gould, the Bears' kicker since 2005, is in the final year of his contract and counts almost $3 million against the Bears' salary cap. He ranks fourth in field-goal accuracy in NFL history (208-for-243, 86 percent).

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