Maynard concerns prompt Bears to bring back punter Johnson

Updated: September 21, 2007, 2:26 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The Chicago Bears re-signed veteran free agent and former Philadelphia punter Dirk Johnson on Friday, just two days after releasing him.

The signing is an indication that regular punter Brad Maynard either re-aggravated the groin injury that sidelined him last Sunday, or simply isn't ready yet to return.

Johnson, 32, punted for the Bears in last week's victory over Kansas City, averaging 49.8 yards gross and 39.3 net yards on four kicks. He had a long punt of 60 yards and one punt ...

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