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|Garza Takes Over as Bears Center
|BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) -- As negotiations with veteran free agent Olin Kreutz dragged on, Roberto Garza was getting ready to take over at center -- at least for the next few days.
The Bears certainly were busy leading up to their first practice on Saturday, signing former Pro Bowl receiver Roy Williams and trading away Greg Olsen in an overhaul at tight end, but one big question mark was hanging over them.
That is the status of Kreutz, the six-time Pro Bowl selection and one of the team's emotional leaders.
By his own recollection, the last time Garza played in a game at center was in 2005 when he took "like four or five snaps" and repetitions in practice were limited at that position.
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