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Roster Moves: Bears elevate Santos, cut Saubert


The Bears on Wednesday signed kicker Cairo Santos from the practice squad to the active roster and waived tight end Eric Saubert.

With Eddy Piñeiro on injured reserve for at least the first three weeks of the season with a groin injury, Santos made all five kicks he attempted in last Sunday's 27-23 win over the Lions, hitting field goals of 35 and 28 yards and three extra points. He was activated from the practice squad on Saturday.

Santos originally signed with the Bears Aug. 25. He was released during final cuts and then re-signed to the practice squad. He has converted 80.9 percent of his field-goal attempts (110 of 136) in seven NFL seasons with the Chiefs (2014-17), Bears (2017, 2020), Rams (2018), Buccaneers (2018) and Titans (2019).

Saubert was signed by the Bears off the Raiders' practice squad last Nov. 30 and appeared in the final two games last season, both as a reserve, catching two passes for 21 yards. He was inactive for last Sunday's opener in Detroit.

Saubert, who grew up in the Chicago area and attended Hoffman Estates High School, was selected by the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2017 draft out of Drake. He appeared in 30 games with one start in two seasons with Atlanta, catching seven passes for 69 yards.

The 6-5, 253-pounder was traded to the Patriots last Aug. 12. After being waived during final cuts, he was signed to the Raiders practice squad.

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