Monday, November 08, 2004

Colombo to Roster, Gandy Waived

By Larry Mayer

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The Bears on Monday added offensive tackle Marc Colombo to the 53-man roster and waived guard Mike Gandy.

Marc Colombo has been sidelined for two years with a dislocated left knee.
An excruciating two-year odyssey ended Oct. 20 when Colombo finally returned to practice for the first time since dislocating his left knee in a Monday night loss at St. Louis on Nov. 18, 2002.

The 29th selection in the first round of the 2002 draft, Colombo was just beginning to develop when he suffered the devastating injury. Damage to the femoral nerve, which supplies sensation and helps straighten the leg, prevented him from regaining strength in his quadriceps muscle.

But that problem has subsided and Colombo feels that he possesses enough strength and flexibility to continue a once-promising career.

Gandy, a fourth-year pro, started five games at right guard this season but missed the last two contests with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Rex Tucker, who is back on the field after missing 33 straight games with three different injuries.

Tucker's return, along with the presence of Pro Bowl left guard Ruben Brown and backup Steve Edwards, who started all 16 games at left guard last season, made Gandy expendable.

In other roster news, the Bears announced that defensive tackle Darrell Campbell will begin his three-week practice window on Wednesday.

Campbell has spent the entire season on the reserve/non-football injury list and will be able to practice with the team for the next 21 days before having to be removed from the reserve roster on Dec. 1. Campbell is an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame.