According to the Chicago Tribune, Gould has been placed on IR with a strained left calf suffered prior to Sunday's loss at Minnesota. The team has signed veteran Olindo Mare to handle kicking duties.|||||||
Gould was hurt during warm-ups. He was kicking midrange field goals shortly before the game started without trouble, but punter Adam Podlesh handled the opening kickoff. The Bears reached the Vikings 35-yard line late in the first quarter, and Podlesh came out to punt. Gould made the extra point after Chicago's second-quarter touchdown.
Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould ripped the surface at Soldier Field and then apologized for it.|||||||
Gould blasted the field on Wednesday, saying he might have to think about re-signing with Chicago when his contract expires after next season. He told reporters he hopes to remain with the Bears but isn't sure he wants "to deal with that as I get older as a kicker." He says the field has been "a lot softer" than in previous years. Later, however, the Bears issued a statement from Gould in which he apologized to the grounds crew.
Gould became the Chicago Bears' second-leading all-time scorer Monday night in Philadelphia.|||||||
Gould passed the legendary Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton and now trails only Kevin Butler on the Bears' list.
Gould booted a 44-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to lift the Chicago Bears to a 17-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.|||||||
Gould has made all three of his field goal attempts and all three PATs through the first two games of the season. Look for him to get more opportunities as the Bears' offense gets more comfortable with quarterback Jay Cutler.
Gould became the highest paid kicker, agreeing to a five-year, $15.5 million contract extension with the Chicago Bears that includes a $4.25 million signing bonus on Monday. The deal runs through 2013.|||||||
Gould has made 84 of 99 field goal attempts and 99 of 100 points-after-touchdown with the Bears. He hit 31 of 36 field goal attempts last season and made the Pro Bowl after the 2006 season, when he scored 143 points. Gould was an undrafted free agent out of Penn State in 2005. He first signed with New England, then spent time with Baltimore before going to the Bears in October of that year.