Gould blames self for missed field goals

LAKE FOREST – Bears kicker Robbie Gould said Monday that new holder Adam Podlesh was not to blame for his up-and-down preseason.

Gould has missed four of nine field goal attempts, including a 29-yard attempt Saturday that clanked off of the left upright. He also missed a 33-yard attempt in the preseason opener and has missed two tries from farther than 50 yards.

In Gould’s first six NFL seasons, his holder was Brad Maynard. The Bears decided not to re-sign Maynard this summer and signed Podlesh as his replacement.

“Adam’s doing a great job,” Gould said. “My timing has been off a little bit. I haven’t kicked like I normally have in the past in games. That’s because I’ve been too fast or I’ve been too quick or I’ve been too slow.”

Gould said he owed it to his teammates to improve his accuracy.

“There’s a lot of guys out there busting their butt to put points on the board,” Gould said, “and I’ve got to go out there and do my job.”

So long: Defensive end Vernon Gholston needed to make a positive impression in the Bears’ third preseason game to help his chances to make the team.

Instead, Gholston finished with zero tackles. On Saturday, he was released.

The Bears signed Gholston to a low-risk, one-year deal as a possible reclamation project for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. Gholston was drafted No. 6 overall by the New York Jets in 2008 but did not register a sack in 45 games.

The decision to release Gholston could create a roster spot for veteran defensive end Nick Reed or undrafted free agent Mario Addison. The Bears also could sign a defensive end who is released by another team this week.

Health beat: Eight players were held out of practice Monday.

On offense, Marion Barber, Devin Hester, Sam Hurd, Kellen Davis and Desmond Clark did not practice. On defense, Lance Briggs, Anthony Adams and Corey Wootton remained out but expect to return in time for the regular season.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said he was not certain who would play Thursday against the Cleveland Browns, but he tends to be cautious with injuries in the preseason.

Bears bits: The Bears will practice today and Wednesday before they host the Browns in Thursday’s preseason finale. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Bears will close out their preseason schedule against the Browns.

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