The Chicago Bears signed Devin Thomas as much for his special teams work as his receiving skills. So when Thomas unexpectedly retired Sunday, the Bears moved quickly to fill the roster spot with a player who fits a similar classification.
Veteran Rashied Davis is back with the team after spending last season with the Detroit Lions. A foot injury limited him to 11 games for the Lions, but as we noted last summer, he is one of those "glue players" who helps good teams get better.
The Bears no doubt regret their decision last year to swap Davis for free agent Sam Hurd, a bigger receiver and a good special teams player who was arrested in December on federal drug charges after a six-month investigation.
Related: In the video, ESPN's Rachel Nichols reports that middle linebacker Brian Urlacher doesn't like wearing a brace on his left knee but is otherwise unconcerned about lingering soreness that has kept him out of the Bears' past four practices.