The Bears announced on Wednesday they have signed long snapper Thomas Gafford to a one-year deal.
Linebacker Lance Briggs was excused from practice on Monday, the start of game-week preparations for the regular season.
With 5 minutes still to play in the third quarter, special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis had his arms over his head in frustration. He had cause to feel exasperated.
Pat Mannelly always did get it, right up to the end.
When the Bears’ selection in the sixth round of the 1998 draft was announced — Pat Mannelly, guard, Duke — it barely caused a ripple after the likes of Curtis Enis, Olin Kreutz and Tony Parrish ha