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Bears add veteran Gurode to offensive line

One day after placing right guard Lance Louis on injured reserve, the Bears on Tuesday bolstered their offensive line by signing veteran guard/center Andre Gurode.


Andre Gurode was selected to five Pro Bowls in nine seasons in Dallas.Gurode entered the NFL in 2002 as a second-round draft pick with the Cowboys and played his first nine pro seasons in Dallas before spending last year with the Baltimore Ravens.

A two-time All-Pro who has been selected to five Pro Bowls, Gurode has started 127 of 151 games played in his NFL career. Last season the 6-4, 318-pounder started five games at left guard while playing in eight other contests for the Ravens.

Also on Tuesday the Bears waived defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, a six-year veteran who was inactive in four of the last five games. They currently have one spot open on their 53-man roster.

Gurode will help fill the void after Louis suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday's 28-10 win over the Vikings. Louis was hurt on a controversial block by Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen during Antoine Winfield's interception return early in the second half.

Chris Spencer, who started at left guard against the Vikings after Chilo Rachal left the team last week due to personal reasons, also exited Sunday's game with a knee injury.

Louis and Spencer were replaced by Edwin Williams, who was in uniform for the first time after being inactive the first 10 games this season; and Gabe Carimi, who had been supplanted during the week as the starting right tackle by Jonathan Scott and had never played guard in his life.

The Bears also made moves on their practice squad Tuesday, signing offensive lineman Derek Dennis and receiver Dale Moss and terminating the contracts of receiver Raymond Radway and guard Chris Riley.

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