Updated: September 6, 2014 12:41AM
Through five weeks of the preseason, the Bears never did find Patrick Mannelly’s replacement.
They admitted as much Sunday, waiving long snapper Brandon Hartson one day after including him on the 53-man roster.
The Bears have checked out potential replacements and figure to announce one Monday, when the team reports to Halas Hall to begin preparations for the regular-season opener Sunday against the Bills.
The new snapper will have to learn on the fly; he’ll be paired with a rookie holder, punter Pat O’Donnell.
The Bears tested two candidates for the retired Mannelly’s job during the preseason — Hartson, who spent the 2013 preseason with the Bears, and former CFL snapper Chad Rempel, who was waived Aug. 18.
After the game Thursday against the Browns, Trestman said Hartson’s snaps on Robbie Gould’s field-goal attempts “weren’t perfect.” The Bears, he said, would “talk more about it” and “see where we are.”
A familiar face is available to fill the void: Two-time Bear Jeremy Cain was cut by the Buccaneers on Aug. 24.
Cain filled in for two games last season when Mannelly, the longest-tenured player in team history, had an injured right calf. In his first stint with the Bears, Cain — then a linebacker — played eight games from 2004 to ’05.
Mannelly, whose 16 years of experience and 245 games are franchise records, announced his retirement in June after rehabbing from January hip injury. Just last week, he agreed to team with Matt Spiegel on WSCR-AM’s midday radio show.