Lyman's injury forces roster move

Dustin Lyman has battled injury problems his entire football career and the tight end took another hit against the Lions, suffering a bruised spleen that is likely to keep him out indefinitely.

The bad breaks never seem to end for Dustin Lyman. He ruptured ACL graft in his left knee in the best game of his career vs. Green Bay, in which he caught seven balls two went for touchdowns.

Currently Lyman is second on the depth chart to starter Desmond Clark. Lyman is well on his way to setting career marks in receptions. Of course when your career high is 14 catches that's not hard to do, but he had been incorporated more in the offenses. When Clark missed time with a toe injury Lyman started two games and led the team with 6 receptions against Detroit (10/26).

Last week the Bears signed Lyman to an extension through 2005. He suffered the injury early in the game when Chris Chandler threw a pass behind the tight end and he took a forearm shiver in the back.

The lack a third tight end forced the Bears to activate TE Robert Johnson to the 53-man roster from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.

To create a roster spot, the Bears released veteran T Scott Sanderson Monday. He played in one game for the Bears after signing with the squad on Sept. 9, two days after the season opener at San Francisco. He dressed but did not play in two other contests and was inactive for five games.

Johnson, who was signed by the Falcons as an undrafted college free agent following the 2003 NFL Draft, was claimed failed physical off waivers on May 12 by the Bears and placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list on Aug. 31 (wrist). The 6-6, 270 pounder out of Auburn, who left school following his junior year, led the Tigers in touchdown receptions each of his final two seasons and started all 13 games as a junior and finished second on the team with 30 receptions for 365 yards.

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