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Chicago Bears Release Kicker Despite Perfect Performance On Sunday

The Chicago  Bears are releasing their kicker despite his perfect performance vs. the New York Giants on Sunday. 

The Bears' usual kicker, Cairo Santos, missed last week due to personal reasons. Chicago signed Michael Badgley in his place. 

Badgley did his job perfectly on Sunday, connecting on all four of his field goal attempts, including a long of 40 yards. 

However, Santos has returned to the team this week. The Bears, as a result, are releasing Badgley. 

"We're appreciative of Michael's contributions and performance last week against the Giants," Bears GM Ryan Poles said in a statement. "Coming in on short notice and delivering for us the way he did was nothing short of impressive. We would like to thank Brian McLaughlin from Vayner Sports for helping bring him to Chicago."

Given his perfect performance on Sunday, it wouldn't be a surprise if Badgley gets another shot in the NFL. He's earned it. 

The Bears, meanwhile, will turn back to Cairo Santos this week. 

Chicago plays the Vikings this coming weekend.