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Bears sign long snapper
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J.J. Milan


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Published: 8/11/2009 12:08 PM

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The Chicago Bears have signed a long snapper, 25-year-old J.J. Milan, to a contract Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Milan, a 6-foot-5, 265-pounder from the University of Nevada, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders in 2007. He was claimed off of waivers by the Indianapolis Colts in August of 2007, but was waived by Indianapolis last summer.

Patrick Mannelly, a 12-year veteran from Duke, is a special teams captain for the Bears and has handled all snapping duties in compiling a streak of 105 straight games for the Bears. Mannelly, 34, has missed only three games in his career but now is sidelined with a minor hip injury. He is not expected to be out of action long.