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Robbie Gould had surgery, welcomes competition

Chicago Bears kicker Gould kicks the game winning field goal against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of their NFL football game in Chicago Reuters

Plenty of teams bring in competition for their kickers during training camp, even of the token variety to mainly give the regular guy a breather.

The Bears haven’t done that in recent years, but they are doing it this year. Austin Signor has been signed to a three-year deal after trying out during the Bears’ minicamp, which could just be a sign that Marc Trestman likes to have two kickers on the roster in the offseason. It could also be a sign that the team has concerns about how Robbie Gould will recover from the ruptured tendon in his leg that forced him onto injured reserve at the end of the season.

Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com reports that Gould had surgery to repair the injury 13 weeks ago and wasn’t able to kick during last week’s minicamp. Gould, entering the final year of a five-year deal, said that he welcomes Signor’s addition.

“I’m excited about it, I really am,” Gould said. “Competition is healthy, at every position, and it only makes all the players better. Hopefully I can learn a little bit from Austin, and he can learn a little bit from me. This is exactly what the Bears are supposed to do. All good organizations create competition. It’s healthy. I’m looking forward to it. Competition brings out the best in everybody.”

Gould is expected to get clearance for full activity in three weeks. Gould was 21-of-25 on field goals last season and rang up 38 touchbacks in 13 games before his injury, so a return to full health will likely make it an uphill climb for Signor this offseason.

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10 Responses to “Robbie Gould had surgery, welcomes competition”
  1. nickrod1213 says: Apr 22, 2013 8:53 AM

    That hurts hands down a top 5 kicker in league for the past few years. Hope they find somebody just as efficient.

  2. abninf says: Apr 22, 2013 9:47 AM

    I’m always excited when someone comes in who wants to take my job.

  3. mithrilsoul says: Apr 22, 2013 10:00 AM

    I’m pretty sure Cutler has the same attitude about the Bears bringing in another QB…

  4. louiespoon says: Apr 22, 2013 10:34 AM

    Coming off an injury, badmouthing Soldier’s Field and signing a free agent to a three year deal. Yeah, the tracks are greased for his exit….

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 22, 2013 11:33 AM

    When are those cheapskates going to replace that sorry disgrace of a football field?

  6. larryboodry says: Apr 22, 2013 12:39 PM

    Hopefully Robbie comes back as good as new…Signing Austin Signor for three years tells me the Bears are looking ahead in case Gould chooses to move on after this year.

  7. notor23 says: Apr 22, 2013 2:33 PM

    louiespoon says:
    Apr 22, 2013 10:34 AM

    Coming off an injury, badmouthing Soldier’s Field and signing a free agent to a three year deal. Yeah, the tracks are greased for his exit….
    ________________________________

    Louie, I agree with everything you said…but it’s Soldier Field not Soldier’s… no ‘S’ on the end.

  8. larryboodry says: Apr 22, 2013 3:06 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 22, 2013 11:33 AM

    “When are those cheapskates going to replace that sorry disgrace of a football field?”

    By ‘cheapskates’ you mean the Chicago Park District, right? It’s their field.

  9. snaponrules says: Apr 22, 2013 3:18 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Apr 22, 2013 11:33 AM
    When are those cheapskates going to replace that sorry disgrace of a football field?
    ________________________________________________________________________

    The park district owns and “kinda” maintains the field. However they are as honest, straightforward and caring as all the other unions in the Chicago government. AKA: not at all.

    The will not replace the grass as often because it cuts into the slush fund and they wont replace it with any kind of field turf because that would mean less union jobs maintaining it.

    So it will pretty much stay just the way it is until the NFL does something about it.

  10. voiceofsweetness says: Apr 22, 2013 10:38 PM

    No way Robbie gets replaced if he gets healthy. NOT A CHANCE

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