Bears sign kicker Jay Feely

With kicker Robbie Gould's status up in the air due to a groin injury, the Chicago Bears have signed Jay Feely, a veteran contingency plan.

The Chicago Bears have signed kicker Jay Feely and waived kick returner Chris Williams.

Feely, a 13-year veteran, has connected on 329-of-398 field goal attempts (82.7 percent) over 13 seasons with Atlanta (2001-04), the New York Giants (2005-06), Miami (2007), the New York Jets (2008-09) and Arizona (2010-13). He has also hit 444-of-446 PATs for a total of 1,431 points.

Williams appeared in seven games this season, returning 24 kickoffs for 579 yards (24.1 ypr) with one touchdown.

The addition of Feely comes a day after Robbie Gould missed practice due to a sore groin. He's listed as doubtful for tomorrow's contest against the Dallas Cowboys and it appears the Bears are preparing to play without him.

Gould is having the worst season of his career, hitting a career-low 75.0 percent of his field goal attempts (9 for 12), with a long of 45 yards.

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