Sports Digest: Bears busy tweaking roster

2013-10-28T21:15:00Z 2013-12-12T22:08:19Z Sports Digest: Bears busy tweaking roster nwitimes.com
October 28, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro football

BEARS BUSY TWEAKING ROSTER: The Bears on Monday signed linebacker Larry Grant and quarterback Jordan Palmer to the active roster, waived tight end Steve Maneri, waived cornerback C.J. Wilson and signed him to the practice squad after he cleared waivers, signed wide receiver Terrence Toliver to the practice squad and terminated the practice squad contract of wide receiver Ricardo Lockette.

The 6-foot-1, 251-pound Grant has appeared in 66 games with 11 starts over five seasons with St. Louis (2008-10) and San Francisco (2011-12), collecting 64 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, five pass break ups and 29 special teams stops.

Palmer appeared in four contests for Cincinnati during three seasons (2008-10) with the Bengals, completing 10-of-15 passing attempts for 49 yards and two interceptions. The 6-5, 230-pound Palmer was originally selected by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round (205th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft out of UTEP.

Palmer spent part of the 2012 season with Jacksonville but did not appear in a game for the Jaguars. During the 2013 preseason for Chicago, Palmer completed 12-of-18 pass attempts for 116 yards and a touchdown for a 103.0 passer rating.

Maneri appeared in four games with one start for the Bears this season but did not record a reception.

Wilson has appeared in two games for the Bears this season, playing mostly on special teams.

COLTS ADD WHALEN TO ROSTER: The Colts on Monday elevated wide receiver Griff Whalen from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster and signed center Thomas Austin to the practice squad.

Whalen has played in three games this season, catching two passes for 28 yards. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012, and was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 2, 2013.

 

College football

OSU TE SAYS PURDUE HOMETOWN IS 'GRAY': Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman probably won't be vacationing in West Lafayette, any time soon.

Nor will he likely be invited.

The junior was asked on Monday what he would tell a younger teammate about the trip to play Purdue.

"It's not quite Ohio State. There's not going to be 105,000 fans there. It's kind of a gray city. It's not the most beautiful city in the country," he said. "You just got to go in there and you've got to have your mind on one thing, that's playing football. No one's there rooting for you. It's just like any other away game, everyone wants you to lose."

 

College track

VU ADDS THREE COACHES: Valparaiso head coach Ryan Moore has announced the additions of Patrick Heckroth, Dillon McBride and Ross Bunchek to the staff.

Heckroth joins the Crusaders after assisting at Fresno State. Heckroth, who specialized in the 400-meter hurdles at Northern Iowa, will focus on sprints and hurdles.

McBride comes to Valpo after having captained the team at Grand View (Iowa) University in Des Moines, where he competed as a decathlete. He will work primarily with the jumpers and throwers.

A native of Valparaiso, Bunchek return after a three-year stint at Nebraska. He was a four-time NCAA Division II All-American in both the hammer and weight throws at Wayne State (Neb.) College, where he qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials. Bunchek will work primarily as a strength and conditioning coach and hammer throw specialist.

 

Women's golf

CRUSADERS CLOSE TO TOP AT BRAUN INTERCOLLEGIATE: Following the third-best round in program history, the Valparaiso women's golf team sits six shots back of the tournament lead at the Braun Intercollegiate, hosted by Evansville at Quail Crossing G.C.

The Crusaders posted a team score of 301 on Monday, three shots back of second place and six strokes behind leader Lipscomb after the opening 18 holes.

A freshman and a senior tied for the Crusaders' best round on Monday, as Sibil Gill and Kelly Voigt both shot 73 to enter today tied for seventh place individually. Senior Michelle Kleckner opened the tournament with a 76 to sit in a tie for 25th after one round.

 

Prep football

CRETE'S MORGAN A BUTKUS SEMIFINALIST: Crete-Monee linebacker Nyles Morgan is one of 12 finalists for the high school Butkus Award, which honors the nation’s top football linebackers.

"This Award is about honoring linebackers at all levels, and reminding them that they have a responsibility to serve as role models and to give back to society," said former Chicago Bear Dick Butkus, the legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker in a news release.

Around the horn

Chesterton High School is selling tickets for Friday's Class 6A Sectional 2 championship at Penn from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday in the athletics department. Cost is $6. The game is at 6:30 p.m. ... Visitation for former Froebel track star Pepe Gonzalez will be from 3-9 today at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft St., Merrillville. The funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church, 5920 Waite St., Merrillville. There will be a viewing at 9:30 a.m.

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