The Bears are planning to bring back offensive tackle Kirk Barton to the practice squad this afternoon provided he clears waivers, a league source said.
Barton was released Wednesday to make room for veteran Fred Miller.
His best opportunity would figured to be with the Bears if he doesn't join another team's 53-man roster. Barton has learned the offense and at 35, Miller is just a one-year option. The Bears are going to need more young tackles moving forward, even after first-round pick Chris Williams is healthy.
Left tackle John St. Clair will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. Right tackle John Tait is signed through 2009.
The waiver wire closes at 3 p.m. and moves are typically announced about an hour after that. Of course, to add Barton the Bears will have to release someone from the eight-man practice squad. They currently have two linemen on the developmental squad--tackle Cody Balogh and guard Tyler Reed.