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Bears lose Robbie Gould for the season; sign Olindo Mare

Bears kicker Robbie Gould was placed injured reserve list will be lost for seasafter suffering left calf injury against Vikings

Bears kicker Robbie Gould was placed on the injured reserve list and will be lost for the season after suffering a left calf injury against the Vikings on Sunday. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 11, 2012 6:12PM



The injuries just keep on coming for the Bears. Now, they’re without their kicker.

The Bears placed kicker Robbie Gould on injured reserve Tuesday with a season-ending left calf injury. They signed 39-year-old veteran Olindo Mare to a one-year contract after trying out kickers at Halas Hall.

Gould strained his left calf during warmups Sunday at the Metrodome. Punter Adam Podlesh handled kickoffs against the Minnesota Vikings, but Gould kicked two extra points.

Asked afterward how he was doing, Gould said, ‘’I’ll be all right.”

But on Monday, coach Lovie Smith indicated that the team would try out kickers with Gould ailing.

“Gould injuring his left calf in warmups, that’s not ideal for us,” Smith said.

How exactly did he hurt it?

“How do you ever hurt or injure a muscle?” Smith said. “I don’t know exactly how it happened, but it happens when you’re going through your normal routine on things.”

The Bears passed up on a 52-yard field goal against the Vikings, which they would have most likely attempted if Gould was OK. Smith, though, wouldn’t say Monday if Gould would have tried shorter field goals.

“I can’t speculate on anything like that,” Smith said. “To say what we would have done [Sunday], there are so many other things on my mind. I haven’t really given that a lot of thought.

“We have a plan for what we were going to do in every situation.”

Gould, the fourth most accurate kicker in league history, has made 21 of 25 field-goal attempts this season. In his career, he’s 208-for-243.

Mare has spent 15 seasons in the NFL, playing for the Dolphins (1997-06), Saints (2007), Seahawks (2008-10) and Panthers (2011). He made 350 of 431 field-goal attempts (81.2 percent) in his career.

Reserves and special-teams standouts safety Craig Steltz (chest) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (knee) also were placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

The Bears also signed linebacker Jerry Franklin to a two-year contract and elevated receiver Joe Anderson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Guard Chris Riley was signed to Bears’ the practice squad, while veteran offensive lineman Andre Gurode was waived.



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