Lyman done for the year

When it rains it pours. In two plus years with the Bears <!--Default NodeId For Dustin Lyman is 292222,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292222]>Dustin Lyman</A> has been talked about more for potential then for anything he ever did on the football field.

Finally when the converted college linebacker has a chance to prove what he can do as a tight end he suffers a season-ending knee injury.

Lyman's MRI confirmed the evaluation by Bears team physicians that Lyman has a ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) graft in his left knee suffered during the Bears 30-20 loss to the Packers (12/1). The rupture was from a previous ACL reconstructive surgery Lyman had in college. He will need a revision within the next month and the rehabilitation period is expected to be 7-10 months.

The injury came on the heels of his best day as a pro. In addition to scoring his first NFL touchdowns, he had career bests in receptions and yards with seven grabs for 58 yards. Lyman was the Bears leading receiver against Green Bay and was the first non-wide receiver to lead the team in receptions this season. Lyman finishes the season with 14 catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bears re-signed tight end Bryan Fletcher, signed cornerback Teddy Gaines and released defensive back Eric Joyce from the practice squad Dec. 3.

Fletcher, a 6-5, 235 pounder out of UCLA, was a sixth-round draft selection of the Bears (210th overall) in this year's draft and was released (8/26). Fletcher was an all-Pac 10 performer his senior season for the Bruins and finished his career with 30 receptions for 423 yards and three touchdowns.

Gaines, a 6-0, 175 pounder out of Tennessee, was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round (256th overall) and was released (8/26). Gaines started 19 games for the Volunteers and finished his four-year career with 181 tackles, 18 passes defended, one interception and one fumble recovery.

Joyce had been with the team since he signed to the practice squad Nov. 12.

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