Tony Fiammetta RB CHI 3 Months

Fiammetta (hamstring) re-signed with the Bears on Monday, ESPNChicago.com reports.

It seems likely the Bears planned on bringing Fiammetta back all along after releasing him Saturday. The fullback was likely unavailable for the Week 2 tilt due to the hamstring injury, and with the status of receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall up in the air, the Bears needed to create more roster flexibility temporarily. Assuming Fiammetta is creeping closer to full health, he'll serve as running back Matt Forte's lead blocker.

Tony Fiammetta RB CHI 4 Months

Fiammetta (hamstring) has been released by the Bears, ESPN Chicago reports.

Fiammetta was out of the game for Week 2 because of a hamstring injury, but the Bears have decided to go without a fullback with the release of the veteran. He will now try to latch on to another team, though the fullback position has been marginalized over recent years, leaving less opportunities available.

Tony Fiammetta RB CHI 4 Months

Fiammetta (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

As a pure blocking back, Fiammetta doesn't directly provide much fantasy utility, but his unavailability could perhaps change the way in which coach Marc Trestman decides to call plays. With no fullback behind Fiammetta on the depth chart, look for Trestman to steer away from I-formations and find other methods to create running lanes for Matt Forte and pass protection for Jay Cutler.

Tony Fiammetta RB CHI 12 Months

Bears signed FB Tony Fiammetta to a two-year contract extension.

Fiammetta has resurrected his career with the Bears after sitting out the entire 2012 season. He's appeared in all 15 games and has graded out as the No. 14 fullback by Pro Football Focus. The extension will keep him signed through 2015.

Tony Fiammetta RB CHI Mar 21 '79

Bears signed FB Tony Fiammetta.

Fiammetta spent 2012 on the reserve/left squad list for the Patriots after his 2011 was derailed by a suspected concussion. Fiammetta was a difference-making lead blocker for the Cowboys in 2011 before going down. He's insurance for TE/FB Evan Rodriguez, who's been arrested twice this offseason.

Tony Fiammetta RB CHI Dec 27 '78

Patriots reinstated FB Tony Fiammetta from the reserve/left squad list.

Fiammetta, 26, spent all of last year on the left squad list after his 2011 season was marred by a suspected concussion. Perhaps taking the year off did him some good. Fiammetta will now compete for a roster spot in Patriots camp.

Tony Fiammetta RB CHI May 15 '78

Patriots placed FB Tony Fiammetta on the exempt/left squad list.

Tony Fiammetta RB CHI Apr 17 '78

ESPN Boston believes Patriots FB Tony Fiammetta could be beaten out by Spencer Larsen for a roster spot thanks to Larsen's special-teams prowess.

Fiammetta flashed special skills as a lead-blocker in Dallas last season, but will apparently have to earn his keep on special teams to crack the Patriots' 53. Provided he's healthy after missing a large chunk of 2011 with a mysterious illness, Fiammetta should be on someone's Week 1 roster, New England's or otherwise.

Tony Fiammetta RB CHI Jan 04 '78

Patriots agreed to terms with FB Tony Fiammetta, formerly of the Cowboys.

Tony Fiammetta RB CHI Jan 04 '78

The Boston Globe reports the Patriots are "close" to signing free agent FB Tony Fiammetta.

Fiammetta was surprisingly non-tendered by the Cowboys after helping to revive a floundering rushing attack last season, but missed extensive time with an inner-ear issue that was likely related to a concussion. Fiammetta has a long history of concussions. He'd be an excellent lead blocker for the Patriots if he could stay on the field, however.