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Former Pitt player Dom DeCicco got off to a good start to his pro career. Despite being unselected, he was signed by the Chicago Bears shortly after the draft.
But on Wednesday, his NFL dream ended momentarily when he was cut by the team.
DeCicco suffered a hernia injury this preseason and that likely led to him being cut. ESPN speculated on his status a few weeks ago, wondering if he would be in danger. He's due to have a minor procedure next week and then sit out 3-4 weeks, so the Bears felt like they couldn't wait on him.
He finished second on the team last year in special teams tackles and will probably get another chance with a different team once he recovers. According to the ESPN link, he'll likely get a settlement from the Bears and then will have to sit out a while until after the duration of the settlement.
If he goes back to the Bears, he'd need to sit out an additional six weeks per the CBA rules.