Colombo placed on Injured Reserve

If the Bears were winning on consistent basis there still wouldn't be reason to hurry Marc Colombo back from a severe knee injury. The Bears placed the tackle on Injured Reserve Tuesday ending any chance of a return this year.

The 6-8, 325 pounder out of Boston College injured his knee on Nov. 18, 2002, at St. Louis and missed the final six games of the season, eventually landing on IR after earning a starting spot on the Bears offensive line. He was placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list on Aug. 27.

The move comes as no surprise considering the severity of Colombo's injury. He underwent multiple procedures on the knee in the offseason and wasn't ready at the start of training camp.

Publicly the Bears remained optimistic that Marc Colombo would return this season, but in private they knew the chances of him playing this year were slim as far back as July.

Roster move
The Bears released LB Chris Demaree from the practice squad and signed WR Jimmy Fryzel in his place. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fryzel was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent following the 2003 NFL Draft where he spent training camp with the Dolphins, caught one pass for 16 yards during the preseason and was waived Aug. 23. The 5-11, 195 pounder out of Central Florida was then signed to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad (9/9) and was released Sept. 23. During his four-year collegiate career, he played in 43 games with 23 starts recording 137 receptions for 2,469 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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