Chicago Bears: Greg Herd

Sources: Hayden, Fales, Fiammetta released

September, 13, 2014
Sep 13
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.

The Chicago Bears signed offensive lineman Eben Britton to a one-year contract on Tuesday while adding receiver Greg Herd to the practice squad.

In corresponding roster moves, the club terminated the contract of vested veteran receiver/returner Micheal Spurlock in addition to terminating the practice squad contract of Roy Philon.

The addition of Britton signals the Bears might be concerned about the upcoming availability of center Roberto Garza and left guard Matt Slauson, who both suffered ankle injuries in the opener against the Buffalo Bills. Sources said Garza and Slauson have high ankle sprains, which are more significant than normal sprains, so there's a chance that one or both misses some time.

A five-year veteran, Britton has started in 34 of 50 career games with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-12) and Bears (2013). Britton has started 23 games at right tackle, seven at left guard and four as a sixth eligible lineman. Britton played in 13 games last season for the Bears, and started four when the Bears lined up with an extra offensive lineman.

Britton was among the club’s final cuts as it put together the 53-man roster coming out of training camp.

Herd came into the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys, who he spent 2013 training camp with. Herd caught 165 passes at Eastern Washington for 2,343 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Spurlock has played in 67 games with two starts over seven seasons. In the season opener against the Buffalo Bills, Spurlock caught one pass for eight yards.

Bears confirm Santonio Holmes' workout

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman confirmed the team put free agent wide receiver Santonio Holmes thru a workout on Tuesday.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that the Bears brought in free agent receivers Holmes and Ben Obomanu before eventually signing wide receiver Greg Herd to a one-year contract.

“I did not [attend the workout]”, Trestman said. “I have it on tape but I haven’t looked at it. I think that’s something for our personnel department at this time. I don’t have a response [as to how Holmes looked] because I didn’t look at it.”

Holmes, 30, caught 23 passes for 456 yards and one touchdown last season in 11 games for the New York Jets. He played in just four games in 2012 before suffering a lisfranc injury.

Holmes best season in the NFL came with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 when he posted a career-high 79 receptions for 1,248 yards. Holmes was also named MVP of Super Bowl XLIII.

The Bears assigned the 6-foot-3 Herd uniform No. 81. He is expected to add a fresh set of legs to a unit that is currently down in numbers after Marquess Wilson fractured his collarbone. Wilson is out indefinitely following surgery on Tuesday morning.