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Bears release New Zealand-born Paul Lasike because of Visa problems

CHICAGO -- New Zealand native Paul Lasike's stint on the Chicago Bears' practice squad ended after one day.

As a foreign born player, Lasike needs to obtain a new worker Visa every time he switches teams, a detail that apparently slipped through the cracks when the Bears signed the undrafted rookie to their practice squad on Monday. The Bears released Lasike on Tuesday.

A team cannot pay Lasike without an updated worker Visa.

The 5-foot-11, 232 pound Lasike is a former All-American rugby player who never played football before he enrolled at BYU where he rushed for 843 yards and 10 touchdowns in 38 career games.

Lasike, 25, spent the preseason with the Arizona Cardinals but failed to make the 53-man roster.

The process of securing a new worker Visa can take days or even weeks; however don't be surprised if Lasike rejoins the Bears in the near future when all the paperwork is in order.