Lyman's year is over

For the second straight season Dustin Lyman will finish the year on Injured Reserve. The Bears placed tight end on IR Monday.

Dustin Lyman, who finished the 2002 season on Injured Reserve with a knee injury, was injured (abdomen) in the Bears loss at Detroit (11/9) and has not played since. He finished the 2003 season with 11 receptions for 80 yards with a long of 12.

With the additional roster spot the Bears claimed P Brooks Barnard off of waivers to the 53-man roster. He signed with the Bears as undrafted free agent following the 2003 NFL Draft, went to training camp and was released Aug. 24.

He signed with New England Dec. 3, handled punting duties in the snow against Miami (10 punts, 36.5 average, one touchback, four inside-the-20, 32.5 net, long of 49) and was released Dec. 12. Barnard punted 11 times for the Bears in the preseason, averaging 43.4 yards per punt with a net of 37.3. The 6-3, 195 pounder out of Maryland also had two touchbacks, landed three punts inside-the-20 with a long punt of 62 yards.

It's unclear what Barnard's role will be at this time, but there is a chance he could be used a kickoff specialist as Paul Edinger continues to get depth with his attempts.

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