Seven Signed to Practice Squad

The Monsters of the Midway signed seven players to the practice squad on Sunday, all of them familiar faces and four of whom have been a member of the practice squad before.

Per the Chicago Bears:

LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears signed the following seven players to their practice squad today:

David Ball WR New Hampshire
Greg Fassitt CB Grambling
Antonio Garay DT Boston College
Mark LeVoir OT Notre Dame
Fontel Mines TE Virginia
Anthony Oakley OG Western Kentucky
Tyler Reed OG Penn State

RB Jermaine Allen will also be carried on the Bears practice squad this season as a part of the League's NFL International Development Practice Squad Program. As a part of the program, the London native will not count as one of the eight players the Bears may carry on their practice squad this year.

JC's Take: With one of the more experienced (read: older) offensive lines in the NFL, the Bears decide to keep three younger linemen on the practice squad in LeVoir, Oakley, and Reed. Ball had an up-and-down training camp in Bourbonnais, but he might just need a year of development – it did fellow receiver Mike Hass a world of good. Keeping Fassitt in addition to draft picks Corey Graham and Trumaine McBride means there will be three rookie corners at practice every day, and Mines can use this season to get bigger as he makes the transition from wideout to tight end. Garay has to be disappointed after not making the final 53-man roster, but he'll be activated in a hurry should anything happen to Tommie Harris as he makes his way back from last season's hamstring injury.

John Crist is the Editor in Chief of and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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