Chicago Bears: Josh Bellamy

Sources: Hayden, Fales, Fiammetta released

September, 13, 2014
CHICAGO -- A rash of injuries on the offensive line and at wide receiver prompted the Chicago Bears to make a handful of roster moves in advance of Sunday night’s road game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Sources confirmed the Bears waived quarterback David Fales and released veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden and veteran fullback Tony Fiammetta.

The Bears announced following Friday’s practice that Fales (shoulder) and Fiammetta (hamstring) had been officially ruled out for Week 2.

Hayden was a healthy inactive in Chicago's 23-20 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills in the season opener.

The expectation is the Bears will look to fill some of the open roster spots off the practice squad. With Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) questionable, and Josh Morgan (groin) doubtful, the Bears could choose to promote one, or more, of their current practice squad wide receivers: Josh Bellamy, Greg Herd, Chris Williams and Rashad Ross. Practice squad center/guard Taylor Boggs is a candidate to help with depth on the offensive line after starters Roberto Garza (high-ankle sprain) and Matt Slauson (high-ankle sprain) were both declared out for the 49ers game.

Bears sign LS Jeremy Cain to active roster

September, 1, 2014
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed long snapper Jeremy Cain to the 53-man roster Monday, the team announced.

Cain replaces long snapper Brandon Hartson, who the team waived Sunday. Bears head coach Marc Trestman said following the preseason finale in Cleveland that the club wasn’t entirely pleased with its long-snapping situation.

The Bears brought three long snappers to Halas Hall to participate in a 14-player workout Sunday: Cain, Luke Ingram and Casey Kreiter.

Cain apparently did enough to impress the coaching staff.

Cain has appeared in 83 career games with the Bears, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars, with 75 of those appearances coming at long snapper. Cain served as the long snapper for two games last season in Chicago. This marks Cain’s third stint with the Bears.

The Bears also announced their 10-player practice squad Monday: wide receiver Josh Bellamy, center Taylor Boggs, defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, cornerback Isaiah Frey, guard Ryan Groy, linebacker DeDe Lattimore, cornerback Al Louis-Jean, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, defensive tackle Roy Philon and wide receiver Rashad Ross.

Bears awarded WR Bellamy off waivers

April, 8, 2014
The Chicago Bears were awarded wide receiver Josh Bellamy off waivers Tuesday, according to the NFL’s official transaction wire, and the club also agreed to terms with tight end Matthew Mulligan on a one-year contract.

Bellamy was cut by the Washington Redskins last weekend. Terms of Mulligan's deal weren't immediately disclosed.

Bellamy signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Louisville. The wideout spent time on the Chiefs, Chargers and Redskins practice squads, and also appeared in a combined eight regular-season games with Washington (five) and Kansas City (three).

Bellamy returned five kickoffs for 101 yards during his stint with the Redskins. He also has four career tackles on special teams.

Meanwhile, Mulligan is a six-year veteran who has spent time with the New York Jets, St. Louis Rams and the New England Patriots. Mulligan has played in 65 games with 24 starts, catching 16 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

Mulligan has also been a contributor on special teams throughout his career but played 21.6 percent of New England's offensive snaps in 2013 and is considered a classic in-line blocker, who is somewhat limited in the passing game. The addition of Mulligan would likely alleviate the need to use reserve lineman Eben Britton as an extra tight end the way the Bears did in 2013.

Mulligan came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2008 out of Maine. He has also appeared on the practice squads of Miami (2008), Tennessee (2008) and the New York Jets (2009), in addition to spending the 2013 preseason with the Green Bay Packers.