Terrence Metcalf has rejoined the Bears and was at Halas Hall Monday, but he will not be eligible to take the playing field until the club makes room for him on the roster.
Metcalf was removed from the suspended list Monday and the Bears have received a one-week exemption for the veteran guard. That means he can practice and do everything else but he is not eligible for the game day roster until a move is made to create a roster space. The Bears currently have 54 players, including Metcalf.
The third-round pick from 2002 was suspended four games by the NFL for violation of the league's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. That suspension ended with Sunday's game at Green Bay. No telling what kind of move the club makes to create room for Metcalf, who lost $211,765 through the suspension. Linebacker Darrell McClover has a hamstring injury that could put him in jeopardy with only six games remaining.
Offensive tackle Fred Miller has been inactive for three weeks now that first-round pick Chris Williams has been on the game day roster. Miller has a shoulder injury that kept him out of practice last week and an MRI revealed he has a partial tear in his shoulder. We'll see where that goes.
The Bears could make a move before Sunday but as of now they have until Monday to free up space for Metcalf, meaning they could wait and see if any injuries occur in the St. Louis game before deciding to how to shape the roster. That might be the best plan because you don't want to get rid of a player you could have need for, and Dan Buenning will clearly be the No. 3 guard this week.