Aug 8, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Micheal Spurlock (18) carries the ball for a touchdown in front of Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Curtis Marsh (31) in the third quarter during a preseason game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Santonio Holmes and Micheal Spurlock Name Returners

Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman spoke with reporters after practice on Monday and named the team’s kickoff and punt returner.

Trestman announced that wide receiver Micheal Spurlock will be the Bears’ kickoff returner while veteran wide receiver Santonio Holmes will be the team’s punt returner.

Holmes was signed by the Bears midway through the pre-season. Holmes signing was believed to be geared towards the Bears finding a replacement for Marquess Wilson. Wilson was ticketed to be the Bears’ slot receiver this season before fracturing his clavicle during a training camp practice.

Holmes didn’t play much during the Bears’ third pre-season game against the Seattle Seahawks but the veteran played most of the first half in the Bears final pre-season game against the Cleveland Browns. Holmes returned a punt for 30 yards in that game while also having a 32-yard touchdown catch.

With the early struggles of Eric Weems and Chris Williams suffering a hamstring injury, Spurlock had the opportunity to return kickoffs for the Bears during the pre-season.

Entering his eighth season, Spurlock has returned 107 kickoffs for a total of 2,587 yards and 3 touchdowns. Last season with the Detroit Lions, Spurlock returned 15 kickoffs for a total of 338 yards.

The Bears are entering their first season without Devin Hester since Hester was drafted in 2006. Spurlock will be replacing Hester on kickoffs.

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