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Bears hope Gurode can help O-line

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The Bears are hoping to avoid many more repeats of this.
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP)

The Chicago Bears have signed former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Andre Gurode, hoping to boost a short-handed unit.

PAIN TRAIN

Injuries are a part of football, but these players have been hit particularly hard.

The Bears announced the signing Tuesday, a day after right guard Lance Louis was placed on injured reserve. Louis suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Sunday's win over Minnesota on a blindside hit by the Vikings' Jared Allen and will miss the rest of the season.

Left guard Chris Spencer also left the game with a knee injury. He had moved into the lineup after Chilo Rachal left the team.

The 6-4, 318-pound Gurode made five starts at left guard and appeared in 13 games for Baltimore last season after playing with Dallas from 2002 to 2010. A five-time Pro Bowl pick, he has started at both guard and center in his career.

Besides signing Gurode, the Bears also waived defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, signed offensive lineman Derek Dennis and receiver Dale Moss to the practice squad, and terminated the practice squad contracts of receiver Raymond Radway and guard Chris Riley.

Okoye, the 10th overall pick by the Texans in 2007, played for the Bears last season and had four sacks. He signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Tampa Bay during the offseason, had arthroscopic knee surgery in June and reached an injury settlement.

The Bears brought him back in early September, signing him to a one-year contract, and he had one sack in six games.

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