Gould cleared to kick Thursday

CHICAGO – Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould received a clean bill of health from doctors the last two days and is expected to begin participating in offseason workouts on Thursday, the kicker told ESPNChicago.com on Wednesday morning.

Gould also tweeted that “he’s excited to get back on the field with my teammates tomorrow.”

ESPNChicago.com reported on Monday that Gould was scheduled to travel to Dallas on Tuesday to meet with surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper, who operated on Gould early in the offseason to repair a ruptured semitendinosus tendon in the kicker’s left leg.

Following Gould’s appointment with Cooper, the former All-Pro returned to Chicago where he met with Bears’ team doctors early Wednesday morning and received medical clearance to resume kicking duties for the first time since Gould got placed on injured reserve on December 11.

With Gould back in the fold, the only Bears’ starter that remains sidelined due to injury is wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who continues to recover from offseason hip surgery. Marshall has been present at both of the club’s organized team activities that have been open to the media, but he did not participate.

The Bears have a total of five organized team activities left in the offseason program, plus a mandatory veteran minicamp that is scheduled to run from June 11-13.