Biggs: Bears bring in punters just in case
The Chicago Bears are working out two punters this morning and could sign one to the roster as insurance in the event veteran Brad Maynard cannot play tonight against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.
Maynard pulled his left groin muscle in practice last Wednesday and is listed as questionable for the game. The 13-year veteran has missed only one game in his career—when the same groin injury sidelined him in Week 2 of the 2007 season.
The Bears have brought in Richmond McGee, who was a camp leg for them this summer at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., and Glenn Pakulak, who filled in for Hunter Smith for two games earlier this season with the Washington Redskins. Pakulak also has eight games of experience last season with the New Orleans Saints.
Maynard and special teams coordinator Dave Toub said they expect him to be available, but game-time conditions are expected to be near 20 degrees, and if he tightens up in warm-ups, the team needs an alternative. The Bears have room on their roster to add a second punter after defensive end Adewale Ogunleye was placed on injured reserve with a broken leg on Saturday. The club would have until 90 minutes before kickoff to make a decision on Maynard, or of course coach Lovie Smith could make the decision to have two punters on the 45-man game roster.
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