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Bears promote Timu, waive Hood

The Bears on Tuesday elevated rookie linebacker John Timu from the practice squad to the active roster and waived veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood.

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LB John Timu

Timu joined the Bears in May as an undrafted free agent from Washington. He appeared in the first four games of the season before being waived Oct. 6. The 6-foot, 243-pounder was re-signed to the practice squad two days later after clearing waivers.

Hood signed with the Bears Oct. 22 after spending the first six weeks of the season on injured reserve with the Jaguars. The 6-3, 300-pounder saw limited action in two games, recording one tackle in a Thanksgiving night win over the Packers.

Hood spent his first six NFL seasons with the Steelers (2009-13) and Jaguars (2014) after being selected by Pittsburgh with the 32nd pick in the first round of the 2009 draft. He appeared in 96 games with 46 starts, registering 164 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 17 tackles-for-loss, 24 quarterback hits, five fumble recoveries and seven pass breakups.

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