Whether the two situations are related remains to play out this weekend but the Bears signed a wide receiver from the Canadian Football League on Thursday while veteran Earl Bennett was excused for personal reasons after the team listed him on the required hypothetical injury report on Wednesday as not practicing for non-football reasons.
“The best I can do with respect to Earl, he's got a family issue back home in Texas,” said coach Marc Trestman. “It is day to day and we are leaving it up to him on how he wants to handle it. It's a very personal issue and I'll leave it at that.”
With Bennett gone, the Bears signed Chris Williams from the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad and waived defensive tackle Christian Tupou. The 5-8, 175-pound Williams entered the NFL in 2009 as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins out of New Mexico State. After spending time on the Cleveland Browns practice squad that year, he signed with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2010, where he played multiple games against the Montreal Alouettes coached by Trestman.
In 2012, he set a CFL record with six return touchdowns to go along with 1,117 punt return yards and 83 receptions for 1,298 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. He has spent the last 12 weeks of the 2013 season on the Saints practice squad.