Surprising Moves

With <!--Default NodeId For Reggie Austin is 292179,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292179]>Reggie Austin</A> on IR the Bears needed to add another cornerback, but in order to make room on the 53-man roster, the team needed to make some other roster moves.

The Bears placed wide receiver David Terrell on injured reserve and waived tight end Fred Baxter.

Terrell, who fractured his right foot against the Green Bay Packers (10/7), had nine receptions for 127 yards and was tied for the team lead with three touchdowns receptions at the time of his injury. He played in five games this season for Chicago with one start.

"After re-evaluating David's foot after four weeks, our doctors' believed it was best for him not to play the remainder of this season," said General Manager Jerry Angelo. "His recovery is still on schedule and we expect him to be 100 percent for our offseason. There was a small chance the healing process would be accelerated and he could return this year. We waited a month in hopes that would happen, but it did not and we don't want to jeopardize his future."

Baxter started the first three games of the 2002 campaign before injuring his left ankle against the Saints. Since, he has been inactive for four games, returning against Detroit and Philadelphia. He also made some negative comments about the offenses conservative nature and a Chicago radio show and that could have played into the move. For the season he had five receptions for 51 yards.

"Injuries at other positions limited our ability to continue with four tight ends and we decided to release Fred (Baxter)," Angelo said. "John Davis has established himself as our starter with Dustin (Lyman) and John (Gilmore) providing depth. (Stanley) Pritchett also has worked as an H-back when needed."

Following those moves the Bears signed defensive end Bobby Setzer to a two-year contract, defensive back Travis Coleman to a three-year deal from the practice squad and signed cornerback Eric Joyce to the practice squad Tuesday. Terms of Setzer's and Coleman's deals were not disclosed.

Setzer, a 6-4, 280 pounder out of Boise State, was originally signed by the New York Giants in 1999, then signed with the New Orleans Saints (3/23/00) and spent the 2000 season on the Saints practice squad. He signed with San Francisco as a free agent (9/4/01) and played in 14 games for the Niners in 2001 and recorded four tackles, one forced fumble and one quarterback sack. Setzer reached an injury settlement with San Francisco for turf toe and was waived on Oct. 22.

The Bears originally signed Coleman, a 5-11, 180 pounder out of Hampton, as an undrafted free agent (4/29/02), waived at the 53-man cut (9/1/02) and signed to the practice squad (9/3/02). He was a four-year letterwinner for the Pirates where, as a senior, he ranked eighth on the team with 35 tackles, 16 passes defended and four interceptions.

Joyce, a 5-10, 200 pounder out of Tennessee State, was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent (5/3/02) and waived during training camp (8/27/02). He started 35 of 38 games during his collegiate career, recording 108 tackles with 30 passes defended with four interceptions.

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