Conte and Knox placed on injured reserve

The Bears have placed rookie safety Chris Conte and wide receiver Johnny Knox on injured reserve. That makes seven players this year Chicago has been forced to put on IR.

The Chicago Bears have signed RB Armando Allen, DE Thaddeus Gibson and WR Max Komar to the 53-man roster from the practice squad, signed RB Robert Hughes to the practice squad and placed S Chris Conte (foot and ankle sprain) and WR Johnny Knox (back) on Injured Reserve. Allen, Gibson and Komar are signed through the 2013 season.

Allen has spent a total of 11 weeks, through two stints, on the Bears practice squad this season after entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of the University of Notre Dame. The 5-10, 190-pound running back had eight carries for 28 yards (3.5 ypc) this preseason with a 20-yard touchdown reception for the Buccaneers.

Gibson has spent the last three weeks on the Bears practice squad. The 6-2, 243-pounder appeared in two games with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010, registering one forced fumble on special teams, after entering the NFL as a fourth round selection (116th overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The 5-11, 202-pound Komar spent the last 10 weeks on the Bears practice squad after appearing in eight games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2010 catching 12 passes for 117 yards (9.8 ypc) with a long of 20 yards.

Hughes spent the preseason with Chicago after entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame. The 5-11, 235-pound back had 69 rushing yards on 18 attempts (3.9 ypc) with two touchdowns in the preseason for the Bears, adding 26 receiving yards on two receptions.

Knox was second in the NFL in receiving average in 2011 at 19.6 yards per catch, with a team-high 727 receiving yards on 37 receptions with two touchdowns.

Conte had started the last nine contests at free safety in his rookie season, recording 47 tackles and one interception.

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