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Bears Place Kush On IR, Sign UDFA OL Brandon Greene

Bears sign Alabama OL/TE to fill Eric Kush’s roster slot

Alabama v USC
Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide welcomes Brandon Greene #89 to the sideline 
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The Chicago Bears wasted little time moving injured backup offensive lineman Eric Kush to injured reserve, signing UDFA OL Brandon Green out of Alabama Tuesday night, according to information from the team.

John Fox announced earlier Monday that Kush was out for the season with a torn hamstring, and Kush notified his twitter followers that he was expecting to have surgery Tuesday:

Greene, a 6-5, 295-pounder, played at Alabama from 2012-16 while appearing in 54 games as a tight end, offensive lineman and on defense, according to the Bears media department. Most recently in 2016, Greene moved to strictly playing tight end after spending the previous three seasons split between offense and defense. Primarily used as a run blocker, Greene’s tight end career was highlighted by a 24-yard reception in overtime at LSU in 2014.

According to his college bio page on, Greene “moved to strictly playing tight end after spending parts of the past few seasons split between offense and defense ... played in all 15 games of his senior season, working along the offensive line and as a blocker on special teams.”

Kush is a a fifth-year veteran offensive lineman, and he was entering his second season with the Bears after joining the club in 2016. The former 2013 sixth-round pick appeared in eight games (four starts) a season ago.

Kush was signed in the off-season to a two-year, $2.7 million dollar contract with Chicago.