On the eve of the team’s final preseason game, the Chicago Bears front office was busy. The team waived/injured linebacker Dom DeCicco and wide receiver Rashied Davis, and signed receiver Terriun Crump.
DeCicco made the team last year as an undrafted free agent. He played all 16 games his rookie season and ended the campaign second on the club in special teams tackles. A strong safety in college at Pittsburgh, DeCicco was transitioning well to the linebacker position. Some felt, with a few more years experience under his belt, he could’ve be the heir to Brian Urlacher at middle linebacker.
Yet he injured his groin in Chicago’s preseason opener and has been on the shelf since. He went to see a specialist in Philadelphia yesterday and was diagnosed with a sports hernia. He will have minor surgery next week with Dr. William Meyers. The club will likely offer him an injury settlement.
The Bears would like for him to return, as he’s a core special teams player with a lot of upside. Yet a player who signs an injury settlement has to wait six weeks to re-sign with that same team. The recovery time for his surgery will be three to four weeks, so he’ll likely try to catch on with another team before then.
Cutting DeCicco opens the door for second-year player J.T. Thomas or third-year player Patrick Trahan to possibly fill the team’s sixth linebacker role.
Davis was signed midway through training camp after Devin Thomas retired. He suffered an injury earlier this week and did not practice yesterday. Vaught McClure of the Chicago Tribune first reported his dismissal, although the team has yet to confirm his release.
Waiving Davis opens the door for Dane Sanzenbacher to claim Chicago’s sixth receiver spot, assuming the club keeps six and not five wideouts.
The Bears also signed Crump (6-2, 219). He was with the team throughout training camp but was cut this past Sunday. Crump, a rookie free agent out of Western Illinois, has one reception for six yards in his three preseason contests.
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