November 11, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; St. Louis Rams center Robert Turner (59) prepares to snap the ball during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers and the Rams tied 24-24. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Sign Veteran Offensive Lineman Robert Turner

With looming injuries to offensive linemen Brian De La Puente and Jordan Mills, the Chicago Bears added veteran offensive lineman Robert Turner to the mix on Sunday.

Turner, entering his sixth season, has spent time in his career with the New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, and Tennessee Titans. Turner started the first six games of the season last year with the Titans at the center position. Prior to that, Turner started all 16 games for the Rams as an offensive guard.

Turner comes as much needed insurance for the Bears.

De La Puente suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain this past week during the Bears’ Pre-Season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles and is expected to be sidelined for the next two weeks.

De La Puente is not guaranteed of a roster spot with the Bears this season but the veteran is well-liked among the Bears’ coaching staff and that should keep him on the team for the start of the season.

Mills, on the other hand, appears to be dealing with a setback after recovering from breaking his left foot at the end of last season. Mills has been sidelined for most of this past week due to his left foot and was seen in a walking boot at practice on Sunday.

Mills is expected to be ready for the start of the season.

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