Player Updates

June 1, 2015 03:08 PM
Bears release longtime center Garza, sign center Montgomery
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Bears announced Thursday they released longtime center Roberto Garza. The team also announced they signed center Will Montgomery to a one-year contract.

Garza, who was a fourth-round pick of the Falcons in 2001, has been with the Bears since 2005. He has appeared in 206 games in his 14-year career and has started 176 times. He has only missed six starts the last nine seasons, including four in 2014 due to an ankle injury.

The Bears will be Montgomery's fifth team since being selected in the seventh round in 2006 by the Panthers. He has also played for the Jets, Redskins and Broncos, where he played in 2014 under new Bears coach John Fox. Montgomery has appeared in 106 games (71 starts).

June 1, 2015 03:09 PM
Report: Bears will release center Roberto Garza
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Bears have informed center Roberto Garza he will be released, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Garza, who was a fourth-round pick of the Falcons in 2001, has been with the Bears since 2005. He has appeared in 206 games in his 14-year career and has started 176 times. He has only missed six starts the last nine seasons, including four in 2014 due to an ankle injury.

June 2, 2015 04:33 AM
Bears re-sign center Roberto Garza to one-year deal
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Bears have re-signed center Roberto Garza to a one-year contract through 2015.

Garza has played for Chicago since 2005 and missed just six games in that timeframe. He will be 36 years old in March of 2015.

June 2, 2015 06:07 AM
Bears announce Week 6 inactives vs. Falcons
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Bears have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 6 matchup with the Falcons: offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod, cornerback Sherrick McManis, safety Ahmad Dixon (hamstring) and linebackers Lance Briggs (ribs), D.J. Williams (neck), Shea McClellin (hand) and Jon Bostic (back).

Williams had been listed as probable and Bostic as questionable on the team's final injury report, but they join Briggs and McClellin on the inactive list to leave the Bears without the team's top four linebackers. Cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad) is active after being listed as questionable, while safety Chris Conte (concussion), center Roberto Garza (ankle) and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) are also active after being listed as probable.

June 2, 2015 06:09 AM
Quintet of Bears ruled out for Sunday battle against Falcons
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Friday injury report issued by the Bears for their Week 6 game at Atlanta is headlined by the thumbs-down given to linebackers Lance Briggs (ribs) and Shea McClellin (hand). But they are not the only Chicago players ruled out.

Also red-lighted are offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod (knee/ankle) and Taylor Boggs (hamstring) and safety Ahmad Dixon (hamstring).

The questionables are linebacker Jonathan Bostic (back) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad). Safety Chris Conte (concussion), offensive lineman Roberto Garza (ankle), nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and linebacker D.J. Williams (neck) are all probable.

June 2, 2015 06:11 AM
Bears center Roberto Garza (ankle) practices in full Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Bears center Roberto Garza, who has missed the last four games due to an ankle injury, practiced in full Thursday. The Bears play the Falcons Week 6.

June 2, 2015 06:17 AM
Week 5 inactive list for Bears dominated by injured players
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Bears center Roberto Garza (ankle) has been ruled out for the Sunday game at Carolina. He had been deemed doubtful. The same fate also has befallen cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad). Safety Ahmad Dixon (hamstring), tackle Jermon Bushrod (knee/ankle), linebacker Shea McClellin (hand) and nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) are also inactive.

Their lone healthy scratch is tackle Charles Leno.

June 2, 2015 06:18 AM
Bears list two as doubtful Week 5
by Chris Cwik |

The Bears have listed Roberto Garza and Sherrick McManis as doubtful for Week 5.

Garza is dealing with an ankle injury, and has been limited in practice all week. McManis is dealing with a quad issue. He was also limited in practices all week. 

June 2, 2015 06:27 AM
Bears announce injury report for Week 4 game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Defensive end Jared Allen (illness) is the headliner among the defensive questionables for the Bears on Friday for their Sunday game against Green Bay. Also receiving that designation are safety Chris Conte (shoulder) and wideout Brandon Marshall (ankle).

Five Bears have been ruled out. They are offensive linemen Matt Slauson (ankle) and Roberto Garza (ankle), linebacker Shea McClellin (hand), cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad) and nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion).

Free safety Ryan Mundy (shoulder) and defensive end Trevor Scott (foot) are probable.

June 2, 2015 06:31 AM
Bears reveal Week 3 inactives
by Larry Hartstein |

The Bears declared linebacker Shea McClellin (hand), defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion), center Roberto Garza (ankle), cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad), guard Matt Slauson (ankle), defensive end Trevor Scott (foot) and offensive tackle Charles Leno inactive for Monday's game at the Jets.

June 2, 2015 06:34 AM
Bears list five players out on final Week 3 injury report
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Five injured Bears players will miss Monday's game against the Jets, according to the team's final injury report Saturday: linebacker Shea McClellin (hand), defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion), cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad) and offensive linemen Matt Slauson (ankle) and Roberto Garza (ankle).

In addition, defensive end Trevor Scott (foot) has been listed as doubtful. On the positive side, defensive end Jared Allen (back), safety Chris Conte (shoulder) and wide receiver Josh Morgan (groin) are listed as probable to play Monday.

June 2, 2015 06:41 AM
Bears announce Week 2 inactives
by Larry Hartstein |

The Bears declared these players inactive for Sunday night's game in San Francisco: wideout Josh Morgan (groin), linebacker Khaseem Greene, center Roberto Garza, guard Matt Slauson, offensive tackle Charles Leno and defensive ends David Bass and Cornelius Washington.

June 2, 2015 06:43 AM
Bears rule out three for Week 2
by Chris Cwik |

The Bears have ruled out three players prior to their Week 2 matchup against the 49ers.

Offensive linemen Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson will not go against San Francisco. Fullback Tony Fiammetta will also be sidelined. All three players missed the entire week of practice due to their injuries. 

June 2, 2015 06:47 AM
Bears could lose two along the offensive line
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

The Bears could be without two starting offensive linemen for the next few weeks, as Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson both suffered high-ankle sprains in Sunday's loss to the Bills.

According to the Chicago Tribune, both players could be out for a at least a couple of a weeks as a result of their injuries. That could leave Jay Cutler vulnerable while the team is forced to start reserves along the line. 

June 2, 2015 06:48 AM
Bears lineman set for MRIs Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Bears offensive linemen Matt Slauson and Roberto Garza are both scheduled for MRIs Monday after suffering ankle injuries in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Bills. Neither player was able to return to the game after suffering his injury.

June 2, 2015 06:48 AM
Roberto Garza questionable to return with ankle issue
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Bears center Roberto Garza is out of the lineup for the start of the second half, and the team has announced that he's questionable to return with an ankle injury.

The Bears are also down another interior lineman with an ankle injury, so the middle of the offensive line could be a focal point of attack for the Bills defense over the remainder of the game.

June 1, 2015 09:33 PM
Brian De La Puente expected to back up Roberto Garza
by Larry Hartstein |

Newly-signed Bears center Brian De La Puente is expected to back up Roberto Garza this season and potentially succeed him in 2015, reports the Chicago Tribune. De La Puente turns 29 next month and started the past three seasons for New Orleans.

Garza, 35, is a team captain who returned to the Bears on a one-year deal.

"I feel like I can learn a lot from Roberto to take my game to the next level,” De La Puente told the paper. “I am just excited to get up there and get working."

June 1, 2015 10:24 PM
Bears re-sign Roberto Garza
by Larry Hartstein |

The Bears re-signed center Roberto Garza to a one-year, $1.5 million deal, reports ESPN.com. Garza, who turns 34 next month, has not missed a game since 2010. This will be his 10th season in Chicago.

June 1, 2015 10:32 PM
Bears want Roberto Garza back
by Larry Hartstein |

Bears coach Marc Trestman said the team wants to re-sign free agent center Roberto Garza, who turns 34 next month. "We feel like he should finish his career with the Bears," Trestman said.

Garza has spent the last nine seasons with Chicago after starting his career with the Falcons. He has not missed a game since 2010.

June 1, 2015 11:25 PM
Bears would like to keep Roberto Garza
by Chris Cwik |

The Bears are interested in re-signing offensive lineman Roberto Garza.

General manager Phil Emery said during a press conference Thursday that the team would look into bringing Garza back. After signing both Jay Cutler and Matt Slauson, Garza is the team's only starter from this past season to be a free-agent. Garza is also one of the team's most tenured players, spending nine seasons with the club.

 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/310
Birthdate:
03/26/1979
Age:
42
Hometown:
Rio Hondo, TX, USA
School:
Texas A&M - Kingsville
NFL Experience:
15
Awards: