White placed on IR

With Bears falling by wayside the Bears were forced to make another roster move by placed their leading receiver on Injured Reserve.

Dez White will finish the 2003 campaign on the sidelines. The Bears placed White on IR Wednesday after the receiver sprained his knee on the second to last play of the team's 27-24 victory over Washington. His 9-yard reception gave K Paul Edinger just enough room to clear the crossbar on his 45-yard game-winning attempt.

White was the Bears leading receiver with 49 catches while ranking second in receiving yardage (583) and touchdowns (three).

The 6-1, 215 pounder out of Georgia Tech was on pace to match his career marks established a season ago and needed just two receptions, one touchdown and 73 yards to equal those numbers (51 receptions for 656 yards with four scores). He led or tied for the team lead in receiving yardage eight times this season.

The Bears used the additional roster spot to sign defensive tackle Charles Hill to a three-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hill was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft and played in all 16 games for the expansion Texans.

The 6-2, 293 pounder out of Maryland played primarily on special teams while posting three tackles in six games on the defensive line.

Hill was waived by the Texans on Aug. 26, claimed by San Francisco (8/27) and released (8/31). He started 26 of 39 career games for the Terps, recording 165 tackles and six sacks including a career-high 81 as a senior helping Maryland capture their first Atlantic Coast Conference title since 1985.

PRACTICE SQUAD ADDITION: The Bears also signed TE Mark Anelli to the practice squad.

The 6-3, 245 pounder out of Wisconsin is a Chicago native (Melrose Park) who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round (No. 201 overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He was active for seven games for the Niners in 2002, playing in two contests, while spending most of the season on San Francisco's practice squad. Anelli was waived injured (collarbone) on Aug. 14, placed on Injured Reserve (8/26) then waived (10/21).

He played high school football at Addison Trail High where he earned all-area and honorable mention all-state honors as a senior before heading north to Madison where he was named to the coach's all-Big Ten first team following his senior year when he caught a career-high 35 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns.

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