Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Bears invite five players to minicamp
By Michael C. Wright
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears brought in five players to work out during the team's voluntary minicamp Tuesday on a tryout basis.
The players include Southern California defensive tackle Christian Toupou, Texas A&M defensive back Coryell Judie, Rutgers defensive tackle Eric Foster, Ohio State safety Jermale Hines and Iowa kicker Austin Signor.
Foster comes to Chicago with perhaps the most interesting story of the tryout players. Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts in 2008, Foster developed into a key contributor (and started several games) along that team's defensive line before suffering a gruesome dislocated right ankle in 2011 on Monday Night Football.
With approximately a minute left in the first half at Tampa Bay, Foster became tangled with another player while trying to assist with a tackle on quarterback Josh Freeman. The graphic nature of the injury left players from both teams visibly shaken on the broadcast. Foster underwent season-ending surgery, and didn't play in 2012.
Toupou signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2012, and Judie signed the same year as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos.
Hines was a fifth-round pick in 2011 of the St. Louis Rams. He's also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers.