Bears looking to hit Gold mine

While the Bears lost out on Ephraim Salaam when the tackle signed with Jacksonville Thursday, the team turned their attention to another former Bronco.

Linebacker Ian Gold visited Halas Hall Thursday and took a psychical. He's also expected to watch a portion of practice today.

Gold is coming off a severe knee injury, but could be a major addition to the defense. A Pro Bowler on special teams in 2001, Gold also started for two seasons at weakside linebacker before suffering an ACL injury that cut his 2003 campaign short.

The possible addition would mean Lance Briggs would stay at the strongside, because at 6-feet, 223 pounds Gold is well suited to play the weakside in Lovie Smith's scheme.

Roster Move
The Bears signed offensive lineman Michael Keathley to a one-year deal on Thursday. He is expected to compete with Terrence Metcalf and Josh Warner for the second string center spot behind starter Olin Kreutz.

Kreutz has been excused from the weekend workouts because of personal reasons. Mike Green will also not participate, as the team doesn't want him to re-aggravate a groin injury that forced him to miss 6 games last season.


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