Sign of the Times

The Bears placed defensive tackle <!--Default NodeId For Ted Washington is 292256,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292256]>Ted Washington</A> on injured reserve Friday after a 10-week re-evaluation by team doctors. The team held out hope the defensive tackle would play again this year, but that was when a playoff hope was still alive.

As the Bears are 3-8 heading to Green Bay there is practically no hope for a postseason run. Washington, who suffered a fractured left fibula and Lisfranc ligament tear in his left foot during the Bears 14-13 win at Atlanta in Week 2, was taking up a roster spot that could be used by a younger player.

The 2001 Pro Bowler's rehabilitation remains on schedule, but Chicago's medical staff determined his recovery was not far enough after 10 weeks to return this season. He's expected to be cleared for full participation in the Bears' offseason workout program. The 12-year pro out of Louisville had nine tackles in two games this season including two tackles for loss and a pass defense.

The Bears signed defensive end John Stamper from the practice squad to the active roster. Terms of Stamper's three-year deal were not disclosed.

Stamper, a 6-4, 265 pounder out of South Carolina, was originally drafted in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was released by the Bucs following an injury settlement (8/27) and signed to the Bears practice squad (10/30). Stamper recorded 103 tackles with five quarterback sacks and 12 tackles-for-loss in four years for the Gamecocks.

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