The Chicago Bears today signed fifth-year linebacker Darryl Sharpton and terminated the contract of vested veteran Tony Fiammatta with an injury settlement.
Sharpton was originally drafted in the fourth round (102nd overall) by the Houston Texans in 2010. He has appeared in 42 games with 19 starts over four seasons with the Texans (2010-13), collecting 144 tackles, six tackles for losses and a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He has added 17 special-teams tackles during his NFL career.
The Bears are thin at linebacker, with Shea McClellin (hand) already ruled out for this weekend's contest. Sharpton will add depth to the position and will be inserted on special teams. Down the line, his 19 career starts could have value to a defense that continues to weather multiple injuries.
Fiammatta was waived after suffering his second hamstring injury of the past five weeks. The Bears do not have a fullback on the current roster, so Eben Britton will likely see his snaps increase as the club's sixth blocker, while Dante Rosario may see extended time at H-back.
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