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Ex-Purdue assistant added to Bears staff

– The Chicago Bears hired former Purdue defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar as their linebackers coach on Tuesday.

He replaces Bob Babich, who was let go after the season and is now Jacksonville’s defensive coordinator.

Tibesar was Purdue’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach last season after working for three years under new Bears coach Marc Trestman with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. Tibesar was linebackers coach for two years before becoming defensive coordinator in 2011.

Purdue’s defense gave up just less than 416 yards per game last season and ranked 11th in the Big Ten.

The Bears also hired Brendan Nugent and Carson Walch as offensive quality-control coaches.

Concussion suits hearing date set

U.S. Eastern District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia scheduled an April 9 hearing on motions to dismiss lawsuits by thousands of former NFL players regarding concussions suffered while playing for the league. The requests were filed by the NFL Inc., NFL Properties Inc. and All American Sports Corp.

Around the league

St. Louis decided not to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator, but the Rams did hire Frank Bush as linebackers coach. … Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor will join Chip Kelly’s new Philadelphia staff, a person familiar with the situation said. …

Jim Anderson retired after spending the last 29 years as Cincinnati’s running backs coach. … Pittsburgh hired Jack Bicknell Jr. as the team’s offensive line coach. … Seattle starting right tackle Breno Giacomini underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow and is expected to take four to six weeks to recover. …

Buffalo and Rogers Media announced a new deal that will keep Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, as the team’s second home for the next five years.