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Amobi Okoye back with Bears

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The Bears made a flurry of roster moves on Tuesday and left themselves with one open roster spot when everything was said and done.

That spot is no longer open. The Bears announced that they have re-signed defensive tackle Amobi Okoye two weeks after cutting him loose.

It’s Okoye’s third stint with the Bears overall. He spent the 2011 season with the team, signed with the Buccaneers in the offseason and then wound up back with the Bears after failing to make Tampa’s roster in the summer. Okoye, who was the 10th overall pick of the 2007 draft by the Texans, played six games for the Bears before getting released when the team signed offensive lineman Andre Gurode. Gurode was cut on Tuesday, though, so Okoye is back in the fold.

Defensive tackle Stephen Paea missed last Sunday’s loss to the Vikings with a foot injury, limiting Chicago’s depth and providing a potential reason for Okoye’s return to Chicago so soon after the team decided they no longer required his services. The Bears return to practice on Wednesday, which will give us our first glimpse into Paea’s status.

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6 Responses to “Amobi Okoye back with Bears”
  1. durant0s says: Dec 12, 2012 11:51 AM

    We drafted Amobi Okoye 1 pick before Patrick Willis. No matter how good the Texans are now I will never forgive Rick Smith and Gary Kubiak for that. I don’t care if he didn’t fit our scheme at the time( our completely terrible scheme.). You change your damn scheme and you draft Patrick mfing Willis!

  2. chalkruz1989 says: Dec 12, 2012 12:19 PM

    It was an extreme miss for the Houston Texans but we as fans have the luxury to look back and say I told you so whereas the owners and general managers do not.

    Patrick Willis is the best linebacker in the game while Amobi Okoye has done nothing but play musical teams. At the end of the day, the draft is not a science, it’s part research with a BIG part being luck.

  3. jcus says: Dec 12, 2012 12:45 PM

    durantos: Wade Philips has been the draft difference for defense players. If it were for Rick or Gary they would have missed JJ and Mercilus

  4. punkyqb says: Dec 12, 2012 12:57 PM

    Unfortunately the Bears are done.
    Another season down the drain.
    Signed,
    A Bears fan

  5. larryboodry says: Dec 12, 2012 5:25 PM

    Yes…Now we can beat GB.

  6. wallykarue says: Dec 13, 2012 2:09 AM

    The lack of depth is finally coming back to haunt the Bears this season. The Bears have relied on middling players with relatively low ceilings as backups for far too long. Emery has been a part of youth movements in both Atlanta and Kansas City with pretty favorable results. Hopefully this off-season he’ll really get one going for the Bears.

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