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Bears kicker Cairo Santos out vs. Giants on Sunday


Bears kicker Cairo Santos will not play against the Giants at MetLife Stadium because of a personal issue, the team announced Sunday

 morning. Veteran kicker Michael Badgley, who was signed to the practice squad and promoted to the 53-man roster Saturday, will

 replace Santos for Sunday’s game. Badgley, 27, hit 18 of 21 field goals (85.7%) and 39-of-39 extra points (100%) joining the Colts midway

 through last season, following an injury to Rodrigo Blankenship. Badgley grew up in Summit, N.J., which is about 30 minutes from

 MetLife Stadium. He kicked at the University of Miami and went undrafted in 2018. He has bounced among the Colts, Chargers, Titans

 and Jaguars since. The Chargers picked him up in October 2018, and he lasted three seasons with them. He made 80% of his field

 goals and 95.3% of his extra points over 34 games. Santos gave the Bears steadiness at one of their shakiest positions when he took

 the job in 2020. He set the franchise record that season by making 93.8% of his field goals. In this three-season run with the Bears, he has

 made 60 of 66 field goals and 67 of 71 extra points (he also kicked briefly for them in 2017). Santos made all five of his kicks — field goals

 from 47, 50 and 30 yards, plus two extra points — in the Bears’ 23-20 win over the Texans last week. He won the game on his 30-yarder as time expired.