(670 The Score) The Bears released kicker Cairo Santos on Saturday, a source said, but he's expected to be signed back to the roster and could be Chicago's kicker for the start of the season.
The Bears could place kicker Eddy Pineiro on injured reserve soon, a source said. He has been dealing with a groin injury this preseason. Santos, 28, was signed to the Bears' 80-man roster in August as an insurance policy while Pineiro nursed his injury.
Pineiro, 24, would be eligible to return from injured reserve three weeks after being officially designated onto it, part of a tweak to that rule this season.
Bears coach Matt Nagy has been mum on the status of Pineiro, who has missed the majority of work during the preseason with his injury. Santos was signed to the Bears' roster on Aug. 22. Nagy indicated Chicago could carry two kickers this season.
Pineiro won the Bears' kicking duties in 2019 in a competition held before the season. He converted 23 of 28 field-goal attempts in 2019.
An eight-year NFL veteran, Santos spent part of the 2017 season with the Bears. He has hit 108 of 134 field-goal attempts in his NFL career.
The Bears must settle their initial 53-man roster by 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Chicago opens its season at Detroit on Sept. 13.
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