For the third time this offseason the Chicago Bears have acquired offensive lineman Tommy Doles who was most recently with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons released him and the Bears were awarded him via waivers.
Originally an undrafted free agent from Northwestern, Doles signed with the Bears on May 5th after participating in their rookie mini-camp. He was waived about a week later, but then brought back to the team on May 16th, only to be waived again on May 31st when the Bears added veteran offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings.
EDIT: Clemmings is done for the season. (link)
With Clemmings leaving last night’s game with a leg injury, the Bears are adding a player familiar with their offensive play book for the final preseason game this Thursday. Offensive lineman Rashaad Coward also remains sidelined with an elbow injury, so the Bears are a little thin among the reserve o-linemen.
Doles (6’4”, 296) played right guard for most of his time in college, but he did get some playing time at right tackle.
Fellow UDFA Alex Bars, who has played nicely this offseason, seemed like a roster lock before last night’s game in Indianapolis, but then by showing the ability to kick out to left tackle against the Colts he may have sealed his place on the 53-man roster. Doles will give the Bears another reserve to potentially close out the fourth preseason game against the Titans.