Injuries continue to ravage the Chicago Bears heading into the pivotal divisional matchup against the Green Bay Packers in Week 15 with longtime kicker Robbie Gould being placed on the injured reserve according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com:
The Chicago Bears placed kicker Robbie Gould on the injured reserve because of a calf injury suffered Sunday at Minnesota, and used his roster spot to sign veteran Olindo Mare.
The Bears also placed Sherrick McManis on the injured reserve because of a knee injury, in addition to adding safety Craig Steltz to that list with a chest injury.
Along with Gould being placed on the IR, the Bears are also dealing with quarterback Jay Cutler suffering from a neck injury and perennial Pro Bowler Brian Urlacher nursing a hamstring injury. Cutler claims that he’ll be good to go for the matchup against the Packers, but Urlacher will be out for the rest of the regular season and perhaps has played his last game for the Bears if the team doesn’t make the playoffs.
With Gould done for the year, the Bears have signed veteran kicker Olindo Mare. Much like many veteran kickers in the NFL, Mare has gotten around during his 15 seasons in the league playing with four different teams before landing in Chicago. Mare is known mostly for his long stint with the Miami Dolphins, but has also played for the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Bears can turn things around in the final three games of the season, but despite leading the way in the NFC North for the majority of the year, the playoffs may no longer be an option with a loss to the Packers as there will be stiff competition to clinch a berth via NFC Wild Card.