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With Robbie Gould hurt, Bears sign Olindo Mare

Robbie Gould who suffered calf injury before game against Vikings was put injured reserve. The Bears signed veteran Olindo Mare.

Robbie Gould, who suffered a calf injury before the game against the Vikings, was put on injured reserve. The Bears signed veteran Olindo Mare. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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The spate of injuries that has greased the skids for the Bears’ slump in recent weeks worsened Tuesday, when kicker Robbie Gould was put on injured reserve because of a calf injury.

The Bears signed Olindo Mare, 39, to replace Gould. Mare, a 15-year veteran, kicked for the Panthers last season.

He was 22-for-28 on field goals, including 8-for-9 on attempts of 40-49 yards. He was 0-for-2 from 50 yards or longer. He made a 51-yarder for the Seahawks against the Cardinals in 2010.

Gould, the fourth-most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history (85.6 percent), suffered the injury during warmups before the Bears’ 21-14 loss Sunday to the Vikings in Minneapolis.

He was not able to kick off, but he kicked two extra points and an onside kick. Gould, 30, was 21-for-25 (84 percent) on field goals this season, including 7-for-9 from 40-49 yards and 2-for-2 from 50 yards or longer (54 and 51).

The Bears also put cornerback Sherrick McManis (knee) and safety Craig Steltz (chest) on injured reserve after both suffered injuries against the Vikings.

The Bears signed linebacker Jerry Franklin and promoted wide receiver Joe Anderson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. They also waived center Andre Gurode and signed guard Chris Riley to the practice squad.

Six starters missed the Vikings game: linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring), cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (foot), wide receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) and guards Lance Louis (knee/injured reserve) and Chris Spencer (knee).

Shea McClellin (knee) also was injured against the Vikings. His status for this Sunday’s game against the Packers will be addressed Wednesday.

In the first 11 games, the Bears lost nine players for a total of 14 games to injury. They will have lost at least 11 players for a total of 15 games in the next three, pending the status of Jennings, Bennett, Paea, McClellin and Spencer.

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