Edwards is New Leading Man

The recent rash of injuries at fullback sent the Bears scrambling for depth at the position. Friday the problem was addressed with the addition of veteran FB Marc Edwards.

Edwards signed a one-year deal with Chicago and at the very least will provide a warm body at fullback on the eve of training camp.

Bryan Johnson heads to Bourbonnais on 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.

The only other 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.

The 6-0, 249-pound Edwards would provide an insurance policy if Johnson or McKie miss significant time and or if Belton is not ready to play meaningful snaps.

The eight-year veteran has started 77 of 124 career games played with four teams. The Notre Dame product originally entered the league as a second round draft pick of San Francisco in 1997. After two seasons with the 49ers he had stints two-year stints with the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Edwards has 124 career carries for 405 yards and three touchdowns to go with 157 receptions for 1,235 yards and eight touchdowns.

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