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With Robbie Gould nursing a sore quadriceps, the Chicago Bears added 14 year veteran Jay Feely to the roster.

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When Robbie Gould woke up on Tuesday morning with a sore quadriceps, it had to send the coaching staff and scouting department into frantic mode. Teams just don't have back up kickers laying around, so if Gould's quad didn't improve they would need to make a roster move fairly quick.

The Bears felt making a move today was in their best interests, here's their Twitter statement.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>With Robbie Gould suffering from sore quad, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bears?src=hash">#Bears</a> have signed veteran PK Jay Feely &amp; waived/injured WR Chris Williams.</p>&mdash; Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoBears/status/540203840944222208">December 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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If The Bears tried to wait it out and Gould was unable to kick, it would have been punter Pat O'Donnell taking over for Gould. But then the Bears would have had to find a new holder and back up quarterback Jimmy Clausen has never held in his NFL career.

Fourteen year veteran Feely tried out with Denver last week, but the Broncos went with Connor Barth. The 38 year old Feely last kicked in 2013 where he made 30 of 36 field goal for the Arizona Cardinals.

With the signing and subsequent solid play of Marc Mariani at returner, the Chris Williams experiment was over.