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Bears sign 10 to practice squad

The Bears on Monday signed 10 players to their practice squad, including six who they waived Saturday in reducing their roster to 53.

The returnees include defensive linemen Brandon Dunn and Terry Williams, receiver Ify Umodu, tight end Gannon Sinclair, cornerback Jacoby Glenn and linebacker Jonathan Anderson.


Ify Umodu celebrates after catching a 16-yard touchdown pass in the Bears' preseason finale against the Browns.

Dunn originally signed with the Bears last year as an undrafted free agent from Louisville. He spent most of the season on the practice squad before appearing in three games, recording three tackles.

Williams is an undrafted rookie from East Carolina who performed well in the preseason finale against the Browns, registering four tackles, two tackles-for-loss and one quarterback hit.

Umodu is an undrafted rookie from Northern Arizona. He scored touchdowns in the Bears' final two preseason games, blocking a punt and returning it eight yards against the Bengals and catching a 16-yard pass from David Fales versus the Browns.

The Bears claimed Sinclair off waivers from the Cardinals last Tuesday. He signed with Arizona in May as an undrafted free agent from Missouri State, where he caught 29 passes for 361 yards and 10 touchdowns the past two seasons.

Glenn is an undrafted rookie from Central Florida. As a redshirt sophomore last season, he was named second-team All-American after recording 48 tackles and seven interceptions.

Anderson is an undrafted rookie from TCU, where he teamed with Bears sixth-round pick Tayo Fabuluje. Anderson excelled in the preseason finale against the Browns, registering five tackles, two sacks, three tackles-for-loss, one quarterback hit and one forced fumble.

Newcomers on the Bears practice squad are running back/fullback Paul Lasike, receiver Jalen Saunders, tackle Nick Becton and linebacker Lamin Barrow.

Lasike is an undrafted rookie who was waived by the Cardinals. He grew up playing rugby in New Zealand before being introduced to football at BYU, where he rushed for 843 yards and 10 touchdowns on 171 carries, caught 31 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns and returned 15 kickoffs for 301 yards in three seasons.

Saunders was selected by the Jets in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of Oklahoma. He appeared in nine games as a rookie with the Jets and Saints, catching one pass for seven yards. Saunders also spent time on the practice squad with the Cardinals and Seahawks. He was traded from the Saints to the Patriots last Tuesday and waived by New England on Saturday.

Becton has appeared in one game in two seasons with the Chargers, Giants and Saints after entering the NFL with San Diego in 2013 as an undrafted free agent from Virginia Tech.

Barrow was selected by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2014 draft out of LSU. He appeared in all 16 games with one start as a rookie, recording nine tackles while playing for current Bears coach John Fox.

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