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Bears PK Robbie Gould Recovering From Surgery On His Left Calf
Thirteen weeks removed from surgery to repair a ruptured semitendinosus tendon in his left leg that sidelined him for the final three games of 2012, Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould welcomes the competition created on Friday when the Bears signed former Eastern Illinois kicker Austin Signor to a three-year contract.
The addition of Signor, who participated in the Bearsí voluntary three-day minicamp on a tryout basis, marks the first time another placekicker is expected to challenge Gould in training camp in several years. The Bears have brought in training camp punters to compete with incumbent starter Adam Podlesh and former punter Brad Maynard, but Gould has gone unopposed, until now.
Gould was present at camp last week but did not kick.
ďIím excited about it, I really am,Ē Gould said. ďCompetition is healthy, at every position, and it only makes all the players better. Hopefully I can learn a little bit from Austin, and he can learn a little bit from me. This is exactly what the Bears are supposed to do. All good organizations create competition. Itís healthy. Iím looking forward to it. Competition brings out the best in everybody.Ē
Gould is still about three weeks away from being able to pass a physical to get medically cleared to resume kicking without restrictions.
ďRehab is going well,Ē Gould said. ďIíve been rehabbing at Halas Hall since January and the Bears program has been outstanding. Itís been non-stop. Being injured isnít fun, trust me, but with the aid of the Bears, I feel confident Iíll be back better than ever. Canít say enough about the job the Bearsí athletic trainers have done to get me back on track.Ē
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