The Bears lost emergency kicker Kai Forbath when he signed with the Rams on Tuesday.
Forbath, a nine-year veteran who joined the Bears’ practice squad Oct. 9, would have been their contingency plan in case Cairo Santos got injured or tested positive for coronavirus. Instead, by going to the Rams, he will likely kick against the Bears on Monday.
The Bears have stuck with Santos in the absence of Eddy Pineiro, who has been on injured reserve all season with a groin injury. Santos has made 10 of 12 field goals, missing only from 46 and 50 yards, and hit all 12 of his extra points. He went 3 for 3 on field goals, including a 55-yarder, in the Bears’ 23-16 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
“From him being a kicker in Kansas City when I was there for those years... I always had a lot of confidence in him,” coach Matt Nagy said. “Never once did I ever think about the kick being made or the kick being missed.
“I’ll be honest with you: I’m really in that mode right now with him. I know that. That 55-yarder, it didn’t shock me that he hit it.”