Bears have to punt practice squader over work visa problem

AP

It’s one thing to have a transaction held up by the league office.

But for the Bears, the State Department is keeping them from filling their practice squad at the moment.

According to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com, the Bears signed former Cardinals fullback Paul Lasike to the practice squad, but after one day, realized his immigration paperwork wasn’t in order and had to cut him.

The native of New Zealand needs a new worker visa each time he switches teams, and without one, the Bears can’t pay him, necessitating the move.

The former rugby player drew some notice in Cardinals camp, and may end up back with the Bears once his paperwork is straightened out, which could take weeks. He seems to think that’s coming, tweeting out word that he’d be back.