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Bears’ Sedrick Ellis suddenly retires

Updated: July 25, 2013 3:39PM



BOURBONNAIS — The Bears haven’t practiced yet, but there already was one surprise at training camp. Veteran defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis did not to report to camp, informing the team he intends retire.

The Bears moved quickly to fill the roster spot on Thursday, signing vetrean defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson to a one-year deal. Anderson (6-6, 280 pounds) started 48 of 77 games in six seasons.

Anderson was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this month. He played for the Indianapolis Colts in 2011 and for the Atlanta Falcons from 2007-10. Anderson was the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Arkansas.

In his career, Anderson has recorded 132 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 10 pass break ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

The Bears signed Ellis in June, filling out their 90-man roster and ultimately spelling the end of defensive lineman Israel Idonije’s time with the Bears. Ellis was officially placed on the reserve/retired list on Thursday.

Ellis, a former starter with New Orleans Saints and first-round pick, is only 28. There were no apparent injuries.

Ellis and veteran Nate Collins were expected to provide experienced depth behind starters Henry Melton and Stephen Paea.



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