Bears sign a safety


The Bears aren’t sure whether starting safety Chris Conte will be able to play in their must-win game against the Lions in Week 17, so they added a player to the roster to give themselves a little insurance against his absence.

The team announced the signing of safety Troy Nolan on Wednesday, filling the roster spot they opened up by waiving wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher on Monday. Nolan spent time with the Dolphins and Texans earlier this season, but has been looking for work since getting waived by the Texans last month.

If Conte can’t play, he should get it. With Craig Steltz already on injured reserve, the Bears are down to just three safeties on their active roster. Major Wright and Anthony Walters did all of the work after Conte went down last week and the team needs to have someone available in case they need to dig deeper this time around.

Nolan entered the league as a seventh-round pick of the Texans in the 2010 draft. He played 30 games and made six starts for them in his first two seasons, but got cut in the final round of roster trimming in August. He played three games for the Dolphins before winding up back in Houston, where he played four games before hitting the open market once more.