The Bears on Tuesday made two moves involving offensive linemen on their practice squad, signing veteran Eric Kush and releasing Aaron Neary.
Kush played for the Bears from 2016-18. In 2016, the 6-4, 317-pounder appeared in eight games with four starts—all at left guard in place of the injured Josh Sitton. In one of those contests, the Bears upset the Vikings 20-10 behind an offense that produced 403 total yards.
Kush missed the entire 2017 season after suffering a torn hamstring in training camp. He returned in 2018 to start the first seven games at left guard, though he shared time with rookie second-round pick James Daniels in the final four of those contests.
Kush was selected by the Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2013 draft out of California University of Pennsylvania. He played in three games with one start with Kansas City in 2013 and seven contests, all as a reserve, with the Rams in 2015. He also spent time with the Buccaneers, Panthers and Texans before his first stint with the Bears.
Kush signed with the Browns in 2019 and appeared in all 16 games with seven starts. He joined the Raiders in 2020, but was placed on injured reserve Sept. 5 and released the next day with an injury settlement.
Neary signed with the Bears last Tuesday and was promoted to the active roster hours before last Sunday's game against the Titans after rookie offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Neary was active for the game but did not play.