Bears Add Insurance Policy at Punter

LAKE FOREST – With Brad Maynard questionable with a calf injury the Bears added punter Gabe Lindstrom to the practice squad on Wednesday.

"He does have a good leg, but I assume Brad will be able to go," said head coach Lovie Smith. "You need to cover yourself, but Brad knows his body and we definitely don't have him as out on that injury list. I'm hoping he'll be able to go with some rest."

Lindstrom was with the Bears through the final roster cut and punted in all five preseason games when Maynard suffered through a similar problem in training camp. He averaged 43.7 gross yards and 34.5 net yards on 27 punts with six kicks inside-the-20 and had a long of 63 yards.

Lindstrom has spent the past month and a half as a teacher at a juvenile detention center in Arizona.

"I kicked a few times a week, it's different with a snapper," Lindstrom said. "I don't really expect anything, you know if I play great, if not then good experience."

The Bears also signed defensive end Jamaal Green to the practice squad. The third-year player appeared in eight games with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004, totaling nine tackles with one sack, after being drafted in the fourth round by the Eagles in 2003. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve due to an ankle injury suffered in the preseason.

In order to make room for Lindstrom and Green on the eight-man practice squad, the Bears released fullback Keith Belton and kicker Tyler Jones.

The release of Belton, who spent the first six weeks of this season on the practice squad, is a sign either Jason McKie or Bryan Johnson will be activated to the 53-man roster from an injury list. McKie returned to practice on Wednesday after tearing his pectoral in off-season weightlifting. The team has three weeks to evaluate him before having to make a decision to place on him injured reserve or elevating him to the active roster.

"He's played a lot of football for us around here, so it's not like it's a guy we don't know a lot about," Smith said. "We would like to have as many options as possible at the end of the week and so that added another."

Jones has had two stints with Chicago this year, signing with the team as an undrafted free agent on April 29 before being released on June 28. A rookie from Boise State, he was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 4.

Injury Report
Aside from Maynard, LT John Tait, LG Ruben Brown and RB Thomas Jones all missed practice.

Jones (knee) is probable this week and will most likely play against the Ravens. Tait (ankle) and Brown (pectoral) are questionable. They're absence could be felt more this week when going up against the No. 2 ranked Baltimore defense.

The Ravens are not without their share of injuries.

Safety Ed Reed, who was the Defensive Player of the Year last season, is doubtful with a high ankle sprain. Baltimore head coach Brian Billick all but ruled out Reed from suiting up against the Bears. Chad Williams would replace Reed if he were unable to play.


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