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Chicago Bears place Sam Acho on IR, sign Bryan Witzmann

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

With the Chicago Bears back at practice this week following their bye, they made a move to shore up their 53-man roster by signing offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann. The addition of Witzmann came after they placed outside linebacker Sam Acho on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle.

Acho has seen his time on defense decrease with the addition of All-World pas rusher Khalil Mack and a healthy Aaron Lynch, but Acho’s presence will be missed in the third phase. Throughout his time in Chicago he has been a stellar performer on special teams.

Witzmann has been bouncing around the league since 2014 when the Houston Texans signed him as an undrafted free agent out of South Dakota State University.

His most recent team was the Minnesota Vikings where he spent about four weeks before being released on October 5.

His most extensive action came with the Kansas City Chiefs where he played in 27 games — with 13 starts at left guard — from 2016 to 2017. The 6’7’, 320 pounder is 28-years old and will look at add value as a back up along Chicago’s offensive line, as he can play either guard spot and has tackle experience too.