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Bears sign Sharpton, release Fiammetta

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed linebacker Darryl Sharpton to a one-year contract on Thursday, and they terminated the contract of vested veteran fullback Tony Fiammetta with an injury settlement.

Terms of Sharpton’s deal weren’t immediately disclosed.

A fifth-year veteran, Sharpton played in 42 games for the Houston Texans (2010-13), posting 144 tackles, including six for lost yardage, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. The Texans selected Sharpton in the fourth round of the 2010 draft out of Miami.

Fiammetta, meanwhile, played in just one game with the Bears as he’d been hobbled with a hamstring injury since the start of the regular season.