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Bears promote Williams, waive Ross in latest kickoff returner switch

Bears promote Williams, waive Ross in latest kickoff returner switch
Chicago Bears wide receiver Chris Williams catches a 73 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jimmy Clausen during the second half of a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field. (Dennis Wierzbicki / USA Today Sports)

The Chicago Bears on Tuesday promoted Chris Williams from the practice squad and waived Rashad Ross. It's their second kickoff returner switch in the last two weeks.

Ross brought two kickoffs out from 7 yards deep in the end zone against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Those gave the Bears possession at their 15- and 14-yard lines, respectively. Ross slipped without being touched on the first return.

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Earlier in the game, he overran a bouncing ball at the 4-yard line before running to it in the end zone and downing it.

Williams' preseason candidacy for the kickoff return job was hurt by inconsistency catching the ball in practice. It was clear coaches preferred slower players they considered more reliable such as Eric Weems and Micheal Spurlock.

Then, Williams injured his hamstring in the preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. He returned for the preseason finale and averaged 27 yards on three kickoff returns against the Cleveland Browns.

Undrafted rookie Senorise Perry won the job to start the season, but Ross replaced him after Week 2.

The Bears also waived linebacker Terrell Manning, according to the NFL's daily transactions report. The club did not finalize a move to fill Manning's roster spot.

Manning joined the Bears' practice squad on Sep. 19 and ended up playing two games on special teams.

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