Bears lose kicker Gould, sign Mare

Austin American-Statesman - - NFL -

Chicago Bears kicker Rob­bie Gould will miss the rest of the sea­son af­ter in­jur­ing his left calf.

The Bears placed Gould on in­jured re­serve Tues­day and signed veteran kicker Olindo Mare to a one-year con­tract. They also placed cor­ner­back Sher­rick McMa­nis (knee) and safety Craig Steltz (chest) on IR while sign­ing line­backer Jerry Franklin to a two-year deal, el­e­vat­ing re­ceiver Joe An­der­son from the prac­tice squad and waiv­ing of­fen­sive line­man An­dre Gurode.

Gould strained his left calf in warm-ups be­fore Sun­day’s loss at Min­nesota, and punter Adam Podlesh han­dled kick­offs in his place.

■ Left guard Wil­lie Colon had surgery on his left knee and could be out for the sea­son. Steel­ers coach Mike Tom­lin said rookie David DeCas­tro will be worked in at right guard dur­ing prac­tice this week and could start Sun­day at Dal­las.

Ea­gles: Quar­ter­back Michael Vick and run­ning back LeSean McCoy re­turned to prac­tice and could be ac­tive for Thurs­day’s game against Cincin­nati. Both play­ers have been side­lined by con­cus­sions since Novem­ber. Each still must be cleared by a neu­rol­o­gist and the team doc­tor be­fore play­ing in a game.

49ers: De­fen­sive end Demar­cus Dobbs was placed on sea­son-end­ing in­jured re­serve with a right knee prob­lem.

Jaguars: Start­ing guard Mike Brew­ster (left hand) was placed on in­jured re­serve and run­ning back Keith Toston was signed.

Jets: Wide re­ceiver Bray­lon Ed­wards was awarded to New York off waivers from Seat­tle. Ed­wards helped New York to con­sec­u­tive trips to the AFC ti­tle game in 2009 and 2010.

Pack­ers: De­fen­sive tackle Jor­dan Miller was pro­moted from the prac­tice squad and line­backer Vic So’oto was re­leased.

Pa­tri­ots: Wide re­ceiver Donte’ Stall­worth was placed on sea­son-end­ing in­jured re­serve with an an­kle in­jury. Stall­worth, who signed with the Pa­tri­ots last week, caught a 63-yard TD pass in Mon­day’s win over the Tex­ans.

Ravens: Rookie cor­ner­back Asa Jack­son was sus­pended for four games for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL’s pol­icy on per­for­mance en­hanc­ing sub­stances.

Ti­tans: Chris John­son has be­come just the eighth player in NFL his­tory to run for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first five sea­sons, top­ping the plateau in Sun­day’s loss. The oth­ers in are Barry San­ders, Cur­tis Martin, Eric Dick­er­son, Tony Dorsett, Corey Dil­lon, Ed­die Ge­orge and LaDa­nian Tom­lin­son.

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