Chicago Bears Make Ratliff Official, Sign Long Snapper

Jay Ratliff. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Jay Ratliff. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

The  Chicago Bears were in need of some reserves to help an injury hampered unit Wednesday, and they do so by signing defensive tackle Jay Ratliff.

In addition to making the signing of Ratiff  official, who agreed to a new deal last weekend, the Bears have  announced that they have come to agreements with long snapper Jeremy Cain.

Longtime long snapper Patrick Mannelly, who has played in more games than any Bear, left Lambeau Field Monday night in a walking boot because of a calf injury. He finished the game, but adding Cain provides some insurance.

According to John Mullin of, Bears coach Marc Trestman said Mannelly could miss a few weeks.

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