The Bears will need to create an opening on their 53-man roster today as the team is expected to sign WR Brandon Rideau to a contract.
Rideau had inside position for a roster spot during training camp and preseason before a serious right ankle injury suffered in the third exhibition game at Indianapolis sidelined him. He ended up being waived after reaching an injury settlement with the club. He’s an intriguing prospect who spent most of last season on the practice squad. Rideau is 6-3, 200 pounds, and can run well. The Bears really don’t have someone like that on the roster currently.
Best guess on a move to open a space for Rideau would be for CB Nathan Vasher to go to injured reserve. Coach Lovie Smith made an unsolicited comment on Wednesday that Vasher had not responded as the team hoped he would following the Minnesota game. He went the entire way against the Vikings after missing 10 games with a partially torn groin muscle. If Vasher’s not going to suit up Sunday, and it doesn’t sound like it, he can go to IR and make space for Rideau.
Now, the team has two practice squad spots that are open after TE Fontel Mines was promoted to take Mark Anderson’s roster spot. Two players will likely be brought in as the Bears plan for the offseason.
For more on this, see Thursday's edition of the Sun-Times.