At 6-foot-1, 240-pound veteran has the reputation for being a bruising lead blocker. Earlier in his career he racked up 75 receptions over the course of two seasons.
Comella would provide an extra body in camp until starter Bryan Johnson is lifted from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. He is still suffering from soreness in his surgically repaired right foot, which kept him sidelined for most of the June workouts.
Jason McKie, who is headed for designation to the Active/NFI list, will likely miss the majority of training camp and possibly more after tearing a pectoral muscle while weight lifting earlier in the month.
Currently the only healthy fullback on the roster is Keith (Thump) Belton. He spent the bulk of his rookie season on the Lions practice squad and has never played a down in an NFL game.
With the first practice less than 72 hours away, the Bears are scrambling to bring another fullback into the mix. Comella would provide an insurance policy if Johnson or McKie miss significant time and or if Belton is not ready to play meaningful snaps.