Bell re-signing continues run of bad Emery luck

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Bell re-signing continues run of bad Emery luck

The Bears brought running back Kahlil Bellonto the roster on Tuesday for the third time in a year as somewhere Phil Emeryis probably wondering whos sticking pins in a General Manager doll.Bell replaces Matt Forte understudy MichaelBush, who was placed on injured reserve with a rib injury suffered in theSeattle game, then limited him to one carry in Minnesota and to the sidelinesagainst Green Bay.

Bush, as strong a short-yardage back as theBears have had in recent seasons, becomes the latest Emery roster additionforced into some unexpected down time.

Emery attempted to upgrade the offensiveline last offseason. He signed former 49ers second-round pick Chilo Rachal, whowon a starting job but melted down after losing the job with a debacle againstthe San Francisco 49ers.

That was a week before the teams bestoffensive lineman, guard Lance Louis, was lost for the season with a kneeinjury.

Emery signed Jonathan Scott, who replacedGabe Carimi at right tackle but suffered a hamstring injury against Green Bayand is a question this week.

No. 1 draft choice Shea McClellin has beendown with a concussion and knee injury. No. 2 pick Alshon Jeffery missed four gameswith a broken hand and then two with a knee injury. No. 3 Brandon Hardin wenton injured reserve with a neck injury in the second preseason game. No. 4 pickEvan Rodriguez has come back respectably from a knee injury that had him outfor four games.

Bush was a marquee signing early lastoffseason, giving the Bears a safety net in negotiations with Forte and aproven big back and former starter with the Oakland Raiders.

Bush appeared in the first 13 games thisseason and started in the win over St. Louis when Forte was out with an ankleinjury. He averaged 3.6 yards per carry and was second to Brandon Marshall (10)with five touchdowns.

Bell was with the Bears through theoffseason after signing a tender offer for 1.26 million. After the Bushsigning in March for four years and 14 million, and Forte signed a four-yeardeal at the outset of training camp, Bells price as a No. 3 back was out ofline with his slot.

When he refused to take a pay cut, the Bearswaived him on Aug. 23. He returned Sept. 15 and was waived a month later. Heeventually signed with the New York Jets, who released him last week.

Bell started three games for the Bears lastseason after Fortes season-ending knee injury. He totaled 337 yards on 79carries, with a peak of 121 yards against the Green Bay Packers.

No Bears move yet on CB Deiondre' Hall except maybe to safety

No Bears move yet on CB Deiondre' Hall except maybe to safety

PHOENIX – If the Bears intend to cut ties with Deiondre' Hall after the first-year cornerback become involved in an ugly police incident last weekend, they have not indicated their decision yet. They have, however, begun looking at a possible position change for Hall as they gather information on events of last Saturday night.

Hall was tasered by police in Cedar Falls, Ia., after he and a former Northern Iowa University teammate were allegedly involved in a fight at a bar. Hall was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference. Hall allegedly spit in the officers' faces, according to an affidavit, police saying that an officer used a Taser on Hall's legs in order to get him into a squad car.

GM Ryan Pace confirmed that the team is still gathering information and said, "it's just [that] the circumstances are a little disappointing, to be honest with you. We're aware of it, it's just kind of gathering more facts as we go forward."

Pace has spoken to Hall and said that the team wanted to investigate thoroughly, "but the circumstances surrounding it are obviously disappointing."

In the meantime, the 2016 fourth-round draft choice is slated to be tried at safety when the team convenes for the start of offseason work. Hall played the position in college, and has traits that the Bears value at the safety position.

"One of Deiondre's best traits is his ball skills, his ball clock, the ability to time the pass breakup," Pace said. "He's very natural at playing safety and that's one of the reasons we drafted him, because he has the versatility to do both. That's something we're going to talk about this offseason and he could start taking some reps there in the offseason program."

Cornerback Kyle Fuller, who missed all of last season following arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-August, will stay at cornerback.

Is Addison Russell still on track for Opening Night?

Is Addison Russell still on track for Opening Night?

MESA, Ariz. – Addison Russell believes he will be ready for Opening Night. Right now, Cubs manager Joe Maddon says his All-Star shortstop starting the season on the disabled list is an option that "I'm not considering."

But Russell hasn't played in a Cactus League game since March 22 and the Cubs have only three exhibitions left before facing the St. Louis Cardinals on national TV. The new 10-day disabled list would also allow the Cubs to backdate Russell's injury (stiff back) to March 30 and create a degree of roster flexibility. 

"We're trying to start the season out on a good note and definitely in St. Louis," Russell said Tuesday. "That's kind of the goal, but if the back doesn't feel well until then, maybe that's something that we'll have to do. With the way that I'm feeling, I don't think that's necessary."

The Cubs did get Ben Zobrist (stiff neck) back into the lineup that afternoon against the San Francisco Giants at Sloan Park. Russell estimated he's around "95 percent" and hoped to play Wednesday before the Cubs leave Arizona and fly out for two exhibition games against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.      

"We're not trying to take it too quick," Russell said. "Missing a few games here in the spring is a lot better than a few games in the season. I've talked to Joe and there's no hurry back."

Five days out from what should be an electric atmosphere at Busch Stadium, Maddon said athletic trainer PJ Mainville didn't sound concerned about Russell's back issue.

"PJ felt very strongly that he's going to be fine over the next couple days," Maddon said. "From Addison's perspective, knowing baseball players who've been doing so well, you take a couple days off, you're concerned that you're going to lose it. 

"I'm certain he's going to be fine. Actually, I'm OK with him getting some rest right now. The biggest thing is: Medically, is he going to be fine? Everybody thinks that he is, so I'm not concerned."