Instead of conducting a tryout Tuesday, the Bears will sign Laptad to the 53-man roster, according to a source close to the player. Laptad, an undrafted free agent from Kansas, was with the team during training camp and served as the long snapper for the preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 1. Special teams coordinator Dave Toub praised him as an up-and-coming specialist at the time.
Laptad spent two weeks on the practice squad last month and recently worked out with special teams guru Louie Aguiar, the former NFL punter.
The Bears announced 14-year veteran Pat Mannelly was placed on injured reserve. An MRI Monday morning confirmed he tore the ACL in his left knee in the first quarter of Sundayís victory over the San Diego Chargers. Fullback Tyler Clutts handled the snapping duties the rest of the game but the Bears didnít want to have him handling multiple roles as heís also valuable on special teams.
A roster spot remains available for the Bears to add a veteran quarterback as defensive end Mario Addison was placed on waivers.
Damn, and I had a non-refundable ticket to come to town for the tryout too. I hate getting bad news over the net.
Guess we had a backup for Mannelly waiting in the wings. Sounds like he's gotten some experience around the team and if Toub is high on him it doesn't get any better than that.
Not surprised they're clearing a spot for a vet QB but I'm curious as to why they waived Addison rather than Venable. Wootton is back but we also let Reed go so we only have three DE's on the roster with Addison gone too. Maybe he'll end up back on the PS if he clears waivers that would be my guess.
Last edited by soulman; 11-21-2011 at 06:42 PM.
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