Bears put Harvey Unga on IR

Updated: August 12, 2010, 4:20 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson |

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears placed running back Harvey Unga on injured reserve Thursday.

Unga, selected by the Bears in the seventh-round of the 2010 NFL supplemental draft, injured his right hamstring in the early stages of training camp. He was expected to compete with Garrett Wolfe and Khalil Bell for a roster spot in the backfield, but instead, Unga will essentially redshirt this season and attempt to make the club next summer.

The former BYU standout will count against the Bears' 80-man roster until cuts begin to occur at the end of the month.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for and ESPN 1000.

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