Eddy Pineiro holds kicker job as Bears bypass waiver wire

The Bears made no moves Sunday with their initial 53-man roster and will proceed with Pineiro for the opener against the Packers.

SHARE Eddy Pineiro holds kicker job as Bears bypass waiver wire
pineiro__7_.jpg

Eddy Pineiro is in place as the Bears’ kicker for the start of the sason.

AP Photos

The Bears will go forward with Eddy Pineiro as their kicker for the opener Thursday against the Packers.

Pineiro survived the initial roster cut Saturday, and the Bears did not claim a kicker on waivers. The waiver claim period ended this morning.

“His body of work,” coach Matt Nagy said of Pineiro. “We feel like he certainly earned it.”

Pineiro beat out Elliott Fry and many prospective kickers over the last few months and closed the preseason by hitting a 58-yard field goal against the Colts, followed by a 3-for-3 night in the finale against the Titans despite missing an extra point.

Pineiro, 23, will be the Bears’ youngest and least-experienced kicker since Robbie Gould’s debut in 2005. He has never kicked in a regular-season game.

The Latest
Mansueto has been slow to make moves since taking over the Fire, and it’s hurt the club.
After beginning the season with a three-game road trip — splitting games in Dallas before handing the Liberty their first loss of the season on Thursday — the Sky (2-1) host the Sun (4-0) for their home opener on Saturday.
An osprey and shark tale, toad tadpoles at Montrose and a cicada art contest are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
Demidov, a playmaking Russian forward who could complement Connor Bedard, and Levshunov, a versatile Belarusian defenseman who exudes confidence with the puck, are almost certainly the two options the Hawks will choose between.
In conversation she always keeps the focus on just one of her grandchildren.