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Bears add lineman to buoy offense

– The Chicago Bears signed former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Andre Gurode, hoping to boost a short-handed unit.

The Bears announced the signing Tuesday, a day after right guard Lance Louis was placed on injured reserve.

He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Sunday’s win over Minnesota on a blindside hit by the Vikings’ Jared Allen and will miss the rest of the season.

Left guard Chris Spencer also left the game with a knee injury.

Gurode is a five-time Pro Bowl pick.

Chicago also waived defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, signed offensive lineman Derek Dennis and receiver Dale Moss to the practice squad, and terminated the practice squad contracts of receiver Raymond Radway and guard Chris Riley.

2 Saints to attend bounty hearing

Saints defensive end Will Smith says he and linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be present Friday morning when their lawyers cross-examine former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in Washington, D.C.

Ex-Oilers coach battling cancer

The family of former Houston Oilers coach Jack Pardee, 77, said the NFL defensive great has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has six to nine months to live.

Around the league

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said wide receiver Antonio Brown should play Sunday at Baltimore and he’s “encouraged” by safety Troy Polamalu’s progress from a right calf injury. … Philadelphia released two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin and placed wide receiver DeSean Jackson on injured reserve (rib fractures). …

… Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was issued a traffic citation by a police officer who said Suh was driving fast and passing cars from the right lane of a suburban roadway. … San Francisco and linebacker NaVorro Bowman reached agreement on a five-year extension through 2018. The 49ers placed running back Kendall Hunter (ankle) and wide receiver Kyle Williams (torn ACL in left knee) on injured reserve. … Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles caused a stir after asking for Denver quarterback Peyton Manning’s autograph after Sunday’s game. … San Diego placed safety Atari Bigby on season-ending injured reserve (groin injury) and signed linebacker Bront Bird. … Carolina placed defensive tackle Ron Edwards (dislocated elbow) on injured reserve.