The Chicago Bears placed kicker Robbie Gould on the injured reserve list with a season-ending calf muscle injury Tuesday and signed veteran kicker Olindo Mare.
Mare beat the NFL Odds by winning a tryout Tuesday morning at Halas Hall, which included Billy Cundiff and Neil Rackers. All three kickers performed well, according to a source.
Mare, 39, kicked for the Carolina Panthers last season. He also has played for the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints and spent 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Mare has made 81.2 percent of his field goal attempts in his career and was 22-for-28 last season, when he also kicked 53 touchbacks for the Panthers.
Gould injured his left calf muscle in pregame warmups on Sunday at Minnesota. He was limited to kicking two extra points and one unsuccessful onside kick in the game. The Bears had punter Adam Podlesh handle kickoff duties and the team elected to pass on what would have been a 53-yard field goal attempt.
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