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Article updated: 1/29/2013 6:19 PM

Bears hire Purdue assistant to coach linebackers

By Bob LeGere

Bears head coach Marc Trestman continued to fill out his NFL staff Tuesday, hiring Tim Tibesar as linebackers coach.

Tibesar was Purdue's defensive coordinator/linebackers coach last season after working the previous three seasons under Trestman as the Montreal Alouettes' linebackers coach (2009-10) and defensive coordinator (2011).

Before then, Tibesar worked three years at Kansas State running the special teams in 2006 before being named defensive coordinator for his final two seasons (2007-08) there. In 2007, the Wildcats led the Big 12 in sacks per game (2.5). In 2006, K-State led the nation with 7 special teams scores and 3 kickoff-return touchdowns and finishing second with 3 punt-return touchdowns.

The Bears also announced that two former members of Trestman's CFL staff will join the team as offensive quality control coaches. Joining Trestman in Chicago are Brendan Nugent and Carson Walch .

Nugent spent 2012 in Montreal as the Alouettes assistant on special teams and offensive quality control coach. He spent seven years in the college coaching ranks at William & Mary (2007-11) and the University of Iowa (2005-06).

Walch spent the last three seasons in Montreal as the Alouettes wide receivers coach and special teams quality control coach. He previously coached at his alma mater, Winona State.

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A former suburban standout, Tom Nelson, will get a training camp tryout with the Bears. Nelson, a 5-11, 200-pound safety, has signed a reserve/future contract with the Bears.

A two-way player in high school, Nelson was a standout option quarterback at Hersey High School and passed for more than 1,000 yards and rushed for more than 900 as a senior.

Nelson played safety in college at Illinois State and started every game.

An undrafted free agent, Nelson has played in 24 games with three starts over three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (2009-10) and Philadelphia Eagles (2011), recording 28 tackles, and 1 interception.

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