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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears
made a series of roster moves on Monday as they released punter Ryan Quigley
; signed offensive tackle Jonathan Scott
; signed tight end Dedrick Epps
to the practice squad; and terminated the practice squad contract of offensive tackle Cory Brandon.
The club also reinstated defensive tackle Nate Collins
to the active roster after he spent Week 1 on the reserve/suspended list.
Quigley performed admirably in the final two preseason games and the Bears kept the undrafted rookie punter on the original 53 man roster to protect themselves in case starter Adam Podlesh
had to miss time with a hip flexor injury. But Podlesh returned in time to punt in the regular season opener versus the Indianapolis Colts
so there was no need to carry two punters moving forward. The hope is Quigley did enough in the preseason to warrant consideration from other NFL teams if a need at punter ever arises.
Scott has spent time with the Detroit Lions
, Buffalo Bills
and Pittsburgh Steelers
since he entered the league as a fifth round draft choice of the Lions in 2006. Scott started 14 regular season games and three playoff contests over the last two years for the Steelers but got cut by Pittsburgh in July. He got picked up the Lions but hurt his knee and was eventually released from their injured reserve list.
"I'm just glad to be a part of it," Scott said. "I'm sure I'll get an opportunity to (get in the mix) here. We had a brief dialogue after I got released from Detroit, and with having good history in Pittsburgh, hopefully my skill set helps the team. I 'm healthy, real healthy, healthy enough to play."
Collins impressed the coaching staff in training camp and bumps up the number of defensive tackles on the roster to five. The Bears re-signed Amobi Okoye
last week but failed to activate him for the game against the Colts.