Bears claim former second-round kicker Roberto Aguayo
BOURBONNAIS — The Bears provided some competition for veteran place-kicker Connor Barth — with a shot at a big payoff — when they claimed failed second-round draft pick Roberto Aguayo off waivers from the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers actually traded up to take Aguayo with the 59th overall pick last season following Aguayo’s stellar career at Florida State. He was only the second place-kicker to go in the first three rounds since 2000, when the Raiders took Sebastian Janikowski in the first round.
But the pressure to justify his draft status seemed to play at least a part in Aguayo’s miserable season. He made just 71.0 percent (22-of-31) of his field goal attempts, including 4-10 from 40-49 yards. His longest made field goal was 43 yards. He also missed two extra-point attempts.
Aguayo was “Mr. Perfect” at Florida State, hitting 198-of-198 extra points and 69-of-78 (88.5 percent) field goals. As a freshman on Florida State’s national championship team — he was teammates with current Bears defenders Christian Jones and Eddie Goldman — he made 21-of-22 (95.5 percent) field goal attempts and 94-of-94 extra points.
Randle out for the year
Aguayo will take the roster spot of wide receiver Rueben Randle, who was put on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury against the Broncos on Thursday night.
Bad break for Wheaton
Wide receiver Markus Wheaton can’t seem to shake the bad luck that has stalled his NFL career. Minutes into his first practice since July 29 after recovering from an appendectomy, wide receiver Markus Wheaton suffered a broken pinkie finger and is out indefinitely.
“Hopefully that won’t be too big of a setback,” coach John Fox said. “He’s a great kid. He works really hard. He’s a great teammate and [has] that downfield speed that we saw early in the offseason. Hopefully we’ll get to see it here really soon.”
Trevathan, Long could miss preseason
Fox paired linebacker Danny Trevathan and guard Kyle Long in the same situation Sunday — both could miss the entire preseason but still play when the regular season begins. Trevathan, recovering from a torn patellar tendon, participated in 7-on-7 drills for the first time on Sunday.
Players who did not practice Sunday include defensive end Akiem Hicks (sore achilles), quarterback Mark Sanchez (bruised ankle), linebackers Nick Kwiatkoski (concussion) and Jonathan Anderson (high ankle sprain), wide receiver Josh Bellamy (ankle), running back Ka’Deem Carey (quad), safety Harold Jones-Quartey (ankle), guard Tom Compton (bruised shoulder) and defensive end Jaye Howard (hip injection).
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