Tight end Fontel Mines is expected to be signed to the practice squad later today provided he clears waivers.
The Bears typically carry a tight end on the developmental squad and Mines was on the practice squad all last season before being promoted to the 53-man roster before the season finale vs. New Orleans.
One other tight end who could be of interest to them is Keith Zinger, the rookie from LSU who was drafted by Atlanta and waived by the Falcons Saturday. The Bears had a pre-draft visit with Zinger, but he could be likely to return to the club that is familiar with him.
Offensive tackle Cody Balogh is also a possibility to be signed to the practice squad. He was undrafted from Montana and showed well in preseason. The Bears told Balogh to stay in the area when they informed him Friday he would be waived. Other familiar faces for the practice squad could be defensive end Joe Clermond, cornerback Trey Brown, who got work at nickel, and linebacker Joey LaRocque is also a strong possibility.
Teams can establish their practice squads starting at 11 a.m.