Chicago Bears sign WR Chris Williams; Earl Bennett excused for personal reasons

Patrick Smith

The Bears announced a couple of significant pieces of information regarding the wide receiver position on Thursday.

As John 'Moon' Mullin points out, we don't know if the two things are directly related, but they at least involve the same position:

Earl Bennett has been excused from practice this week to be at home in Texas dealing with a personal matter.  Head coach Marc Trestman said the issue was family-related, and that it would be up to Earl on how he wishes to proceed.

"The best I can do with respect to Earl, he's got a family issue back home in Texas," said coach Marc Trestman. "It is day to day and we are leaving it up to him on how he wants to handle it. It's a very personal issue and I'll leave it at that."

Bennett has caught 32 passes for 243 yards and 4 TD this season.

We send our best of wishes to Earl and his family this week...

Also announced was the signing of wide receiver/ special teamer Chris Williams.  The 5-8, 175 pound WR was an UDFA in 2009, spent a short period of time with the Dolphins and Browns, then elected to test the waters in the CFL.

More from Moon:

In 2012, he set a CFL record with six return touchdowns to go along with 1,117 punt return yards and 83 receptions for 1,298 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. He has spent the last 12 weeks of the 2013 season on the Saints practice squad.

In a corresponding roster move, the Bears released DT Christian Tupou.

Even if Bennett misses this Sunday's game versus the Packers, it's hard to imagine Williams playing any type of role outside of a backup/emergency return man, but it is curious that the team decided to pluck him off of a practice squad with one game left on the regular season schedule.

If Trestman's had his eye Wiliams for a while, he may have something else in store for him.

Stay tuned...

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