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CHICAGO – The Bears placed Dakota Dozier on injured reserve on Tuesday, a week after the offensive veteran lineman sustained an apparent left leg injury during a mini-camp robbery.
Dozier, 31, was carded off the field towards the end of training on June 14 when he was injured at the end of a game during the team section. He did not return the following two days of the obligatory mini-camp.
At the time of his injury, Dozier had competed on the second team left guard. He had also gotten reps on the right guard with the first team unit earlier in the spring.
The Bears signed Dozier to a one-year deal in March after spending three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Dozier spent most of the 2021 season on the training team before being promoted to the active roster in late December. I have started 16 matches on the left guard in 2020.
Chicago filled its vacancy by recruiting defensive back Jayson Stanley, a former expired free agent who signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2019 and has played with the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. Stanley appeared in eight games for the Seahawks in 2020.