Bears pass on RB Robert Hughes — even for practice squad
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org September 4, 2011 8:26PM
Chicago Bears running back Robert Hughes (39) looks up at the scoreboard in the first quarter of an NFL football preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Joe Howell)
Updated: November 5, 2011 2:35PM
The Bears’ practice squad roster is more notable for who didn’t make it than who did. Of the eight players waived Saturday who were eligible for the practice squad, running back Robert Hughes was the only one who didn’t make it.
The Bears have one spot open, likely to be filled when they make room for Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather, who agreed to terms Sunday after being cut by the New England Patriots.
Found new homes
Running back Chester Taylor, cut by the Bears on Saturday, agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Other nice landings
Wide receiver Devin Aromashodu, who had five receptions for 71 yards against the Detroit Lions in the Bears’ season opener last year but suddenly fell out of favor, totaling five receptions for 78 yards the rest of the season, made the Minnesota Vikings’ roster.
Ready for takeoff
Rookie Mario Addison, who played running back and quarterback in high school — he rushed for 312 yards in one game — was listed as an outside linebacker prospect coming out of Troy University. But his instinctive pass-rush ability should keep him at end.
Several teams were interested in Addison after the draft in April, but he picked the Bears largely because of defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
‘‘He was a straight-up coach,’’ the 6-3, 252-pound Addison said. ‘‘I liked what he was saying. He told me, ‘I don’t care how much you weigh — if you can rush the passer, I’ll turn you into a rush man.’ ’’