Chicago Bears: Dom DeCicco

The Chicago Bears signed receiver Demetrius Fields and defensive tackles Corvey Irvin and Christian Tupou, in addition to agreeing to terms with cornerback Maurice Jones.

All four worked with the team during last weekend’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. In other roster moves, the Bears also released linebacker Dom DeCicco and cornerback LeQuan Lewis.

A rookie out of Northwestern, Fields caught 114 passes for 1,203 yards and seven touchdowns over four seasons with the Wildcats. Irvin, meanwhile, is a former third-round pick of the Carolina Panthers who has played in 18 games over three seasons with three teams (Carolina, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville), contributing 11 tackles.

Tupou finished his college eligibility at USC, but went undrafted and unsigned in 2012. Tupou played in 41 games from 2007-11 with the Trojans, contributing 53 tackles, including seven stops for lost yardage.

Jones played collegiately at Temple, and made 12 starts in four seasons with the Owls.

DeCicco happy to be back with Bears

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Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY SportsAfter tryouts with several other teams, Dom DeCicco hoped he would end up back with the Bears.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Since the Chicago Bears waived him on Aug. 29, linebacker Dom DeCicco always wanted to return to the team that took a shot on him in 2011 as an undrafted free agent.

DeCicco tried out for the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots during his brief hiatus from the NFL, but "I was always hoping I'd end up back here" and many times "I thought I wouldn't."

As a rookie out of Pittsburgh, DeCicco finished 2011 ranked No.2 on the team in special teams tackles (17), and entered the 2012 preseason seemingly a lock to make the final 53-man roster. Then in the preseason opener against the Denver Broncos, DeCicco suffered a freak groin injury as me made a cut on the grass at Soldier Field that ultimately led to the team waiving him on Aug. 29 just two days before it made final cuts.

The groin injury was so significant DeCicco said he just recovered from it approximately a month ago.

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Source: Bears bring back LB DeCicco

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The Chicago Bears signed linebacker Dom DeCicco, a source familiar with the situation told ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson, while the status of Brian Urlacher for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings is uncertain.

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Bears waive injured Dom DeCicco

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CLEVELAND -- The Chicago Bears waived injured linebacker Dom DeCicco and re-signed wide receiver Terriun Crump, the club announced on Wednesday.

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Linebacker picture still needs clearing up

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CLEVELAND -- The most pressing issue for the Chicago Bears at linebacker is whether Brian Urlacher returns in time to play in the regular season opener, as coach Lovie Smith forecasted on Tuesday.

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AP Photo/Scott BoehmGeno Hayes has filled in for Nick Roach on the strong side with Brian Urlacher out.
Much further down on the list of concerns is the matter of who will be the No. 6, or perhaps No. 7 linebacker, depending on how many the Bears decide to carry when final rosters are set on Friday. Six is usually the magic number, and in recent years, the Bears had to cut quality players (Tim Shaw in 2010) because they could not afford to keep seven. But with Urlacher’s recurrent knee problems, a case could be made for the team to hold on to an extra linebacker for insurance purposes.

The four locks going into training camp were: Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Nick Roach and special teams ace Blake Costanzo. Former Tampa linebacker Geno Hayes also entered camp on firm ground but suffered through a couple rough patches in the early preseason games. Although it now sounds as if the coaching staff has seen enough from Hayes, who sat out Tuesday’s practice with an undisclosed ailment. Hayes has filled in for Roach on the strong side since Urlacher re-injured his left knee of July 31.

“Geno has picked it up,” Bears linebacker coach Bob Babich said. “His whole deal was he wasn’t finishing plays. He’s athletic, talented, instinctive, but he needed to finish and play the way we expect our linebacker to play. He understands that, and he’s trying hard to do the things we ask him to do.”

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher remained a non-participant Monday at practice, along with four others, including starters Stephen Paea (ankle), Chris Conte (shoulder) and punter Adam Podlesh (hip).

Bears coach Lovie Smith continues to say the club’s injured players remain on pace to return for the season opener on Sept. 9 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Urlacher attended practice, but didn’t participate. The club also held out backup linebacker Dom DeCicco (groin).

Nearly a month has passed since Urlacher last took the field. Still recovering from sprained medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments sustained in the 2011 season finale at Minnesota, Urlacher hasn’t practiced since July 31.

Urlacher underwent an arthroscopic debridement procedure on Aug. 14.

Paea, meanwhile, suffered his ankle injury during the team’s first practice after the preseason opener against the Denver Broncos. But he isn’t expected to miss the regular-season opener. In fact, Paea likely is healthy enough to return to the lineup now, but considering the team typically keeps starters out of action during the preseason finale there’s a strong possibility the team would rather rest the second-year defensive tackle.

The Bears close out their preseason on Thursday against the Cleveland Browns.

Injury could hurt LB Dom DeCicco

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Linebacker Dom DeCicco turned out to be one of the Chicago Bears' most pleasant surprises last year when the undrafted rookie free agent out of Pittsburgh finished second on the team with 17 special teams tackles. Coming off such a productive year DeCicco figured to be a safe bet to make the 53-man roster, especially since special teams coordinator Dave Toub and linebackers coach Bob Babich are known to be fans of the second-year player.

However, DeCicco suffered a significant groin injury last week against Denver which further complicates the Bears situation at linebacker.

“I was just running and I made a cut and it just went,” DeCicco explained on Monday.

The question now becomes when DeCicco will be able to return to the field. Generally when it comes to these types of injuries, teams prefer to wait a week and then re-evaluate the situation. The fact DeCicco is able to stand on the field and walk around on crutches is encouraging, although it’s unknown when he’ll be cleared to return to practice or if he’ll be healthy enough to participate in perhaps the Bears’ final preseason game on Aug. 30 at Cleveland. The good news is it doesn't sound as if DeCicco tore the groin muscle.

“I feel like I deserve to make the team and these are the chances where I can show that,” DeCicco said. “It’s tough to sit out and just watch everybody else play. But I’m going to watch everybody else play and just take as many mental reps as I can and learn as much as I can and try to help everybody else out.”

Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Nick Roach, Geno Hayes and Blake Costanzo appear to be roster locks, which leaves DeCicco in competition with J.T. Thomas, Patrick Trahan, Jabara Williams and newcomers K.C. Asiodu and Xavier Adibi if the Bears decide to keep just six linebackers on the final roster.

Dom DeCicco has chance to stick at LB

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Undrafted rookie free agent Dom DeCicco could be in the mix for the sixth linebacker spot on the Chicago Bears final 53-man roster.

The Bears generally break camp with six linebackers, but right now only four or five positions are secure: Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Nick Roach, Brian Iwuh and probably rookie sixth-round draft choice J.T. Thomas. Thomas, however, has been sidelined with a few injuries in the opening weeks of training camp.

The club continues to keep tabs on Pisa Tinoisamoa, but the veteran is still recovering from offseason knee surgery and is doubtful to be 100 percent by the start of the regular season.

If the club opts to fill the void at linebacker in-house, then DeCicco has three more preseason games to further impress the coaching staff.

"Of course we want to see a little more of J.T. Thomas, but Dom DeCicco has done a good job at the middle linebacker spot filling in," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said.

"He played well on special teams (against Buffalo)," Smith said. "We had a few guys play well on special teams, but he was one of them."

DeCicco, who played safety for much of his career at Pittsburgh, did transition to linebacker in the second half of the 2010 season. He made a pre-visit to Chicago and caught the eye of Bears linebackers coach Bob Babich, who happens to be a native of Pennsylvania and a former Pitt assistant coach.

DeCicco was the Bears’ second-leading tackler in the preseason opener versus the Buffalo Bills with four stops.

Source: Alex Linnenkohl, Bears agree

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The Chicago Bears worked to build their class of undrafted rookie free agents on Monday, agreeing to deal that will bring former Oregon State center Alex Linnenkohl to training camp, according to a league source.

Sources said the club will also bring in former Virginia Tech tight end Andre Smith and former Pittsburgh safety Dom DeCicco.

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