DT Tupou elevated to Bears active roster

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Seeking depth across the defensive line in the wake of injuries to starter Henry Melton and his backup Nate Collins, the Chicago Bears made a roster move for reinforcement.

The club’s release follows:

The Chicago Bears elevated DT Christian Tupou (two-poe) to the active roster from the practice squad and placed DT Nate Collins on injured reserve due to a knee injury.

The 6-2, 290-pound Tupou spent the entire preseason with the Bears, appearing in all four preseason games, recording four tackles and one sack. He is in his rookie season out of USC after going undrafted and unsigned in 2012. He appeared in 41 games with 32 starts over five seasons (2007-11) for the Trojans, recording 53 tackles and seven tackles for losses.

Collins appeared in five contests with two starts for the Bears this season, recording 12 tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss.

Tupou will wear No. 64.

Meanwhile, DT Stephen Paea is a likely game-time decision with his injured toe. If he can’t play, journeyman Landon Cohen will see more action while DE Corey Wootton shifts insides.

Elsewhere, CB Charles Tillman, LB Lance Briggs, and TE Martellus Bennett, both nursing nagging injuries and listed as questionable on the injury report, are likely to play. However, S Anthony Walters will miss his second consecutive game due to a hamstring injury.

Bear Tracks: With the NFL mandating teams to appear on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” program if no other team is willing, expect the Bears to get a call in the next couple of years. The huge TV market Chicago provides, along with the national following of the Bears, makes them a prime candidate….Could the Bears be London Calling? The Falcons are playing host to one of three London games in 2014, and the Bears are scheduled to play the Falcons on the road…..From TE Martellus Bennett, reacting to his former team, the Giants, and their 0-5 start. “I farm my land. I don’t farm other people’s land. So I don’t really worry about what they have growing in their gardens. I just make sure my sunflowers are blooming.”

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