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Idonije return delights Chicago Bears teammates

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The Chicago Bears today brought back veteran Israel Israel Idonije to Soldier Field.

The defensive lineman will return to the Bears after one season away in Detroit in which he struggled to impose himself.

Prior to 2013, Idonije had spent nine productive years in Chicago and his return will offer the Bears' defense increased options alongside recent arrivals Lamarr Houston and Willie Young.

The soon to be 34-year old began his NFL career with the Browns practice squad in 2003, but after a single year in Cleveland, headed to the windy city in 2004.

Initially spending time as a special teams contributor, Idonije cemented a starting spot in 2010 and in his last season with the Chicago franchise ranked second on the team with 7.5 sacks.

His return has been met with delight from his former teammates, with Lance Briggs taking to Twitter to express his congratulations:

"Whoever said you can't go back home??? Welcome back @iidonije.," Briggs wrote.

Nate Collins was also quick to offer his support via social media.

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