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Mills returns to practice; Palmer gets second team reps at Seattle

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Chicago Bears right offensive tackle Jordan Mills, out of practice since August 6, was  back on the field and went through individual drills Wednesday at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. Mills has been enduring lingering soreness in the foot he had repaired during the offseason.

Mills availability should boost an offensive line that quietly performed above expectations in 2013. He’s unlikely to play Friday night on Seattle simply due to his lack of recent practice time.  Mills isn’t concerned about his lack of onfield action this summer. “We have a great defensive line that we go against every day,” he said.  “It’s like a game tempo, anyway. They get after it. So if I don’t get to go, I get my challenge out here.” READ MORE

Bears look to bolster return game with signing

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The Chicago Bears official release announcing two player moves designed to address special teams follows:

The Chicago Bears have signed KR/PR Darius Reynaud and CB Peyton Thompson to one-year contracts and waived LS Chad Rempel and P Tress Way.

Reynaud has appeared in 48 games with Minnesota (2008-09), the New York Giants (2010), Tennessee (2012-13) and the New York Jets (2013), returning 102 punts for 985 yards (9.7 ypr) and two touchdowns and 104 kickoff returns for 2,347 yards (22.6 ypr) and a touchdown. In 2012, Reynaud led the NFL in total kick return yards (1,650 – 1,240 kickoff and 410 punt) and tied for the NFL lead in total kick return touchdowns (three – two punt and one kickoff) and punt return touchdowns (two). That season he finished second in the league in kickoff return yards (1,240), fifth in punt return yards (410) and third in punt return average (13.2 ypr).


Bears sign WR Holmes, part ways with Weems

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Still seeking a reliable third wide receiver option, the Chicago Bears took a flyer on former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes, agreeing with the veteran wideout on a one-year deal. To clear roster space, the Bears released WR Eric Weems.

Holmes gives the club an experienced pass catcher behind starters Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Second-year WR Marquiss Wilson is lost until sometime in the regular season with a broken collarbone.

The team’s official release is below:

The Chicago Bears have signed WRSantonio Holmes to a one-year contract and terminated the contract of vested veteran WR Eric Weems.