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Monday, December 28, 2009
Bears sign emergency punter

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- With punter Brad Maynard nursing a sore groin, the Bears signed punter Richmond McGee on Monday after an emergency tryout session. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has the story.

McGee spent time with the Bears in training camp this summer, but it’s not a lock that he will punt Monday night against Minnesota. The Bears plan to put Maynard through a series of tests during pregame warmups and will use him if they can.

The deadline for signing a replacement is 4 p.m. ET, so with an 8:30 p.m. kickoff, they needed to make a move before Maynard’s workout. They'll need to create a roster spot for McGee regardless. According to the team's Twitter feed, the Bears will place defensive end Adewale Ogunleye on injured reserve.