Veteran offensive tackle Fred Miller will undergo shoulder surgery early next month. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve today, making space for wide receiver Brandon Rideau to be promoted from the practice squad. Miller injured his shoulder last season and it flared up recently. Team medical personnel recommended that he have it cleaned up.
Miller was signed Sept. 10 to act as the backup tackle. The Bears pursued him for about a month following Chris Williams' back surgery and he fielded offers from other teams before deciding to come back for the minimum-salary benefit. Miller appeared in six games on special teams but was inactive for the last three after Williams returned.
Rideau is expected to play Sunday against St. Louis. Whether he has a role on offense or is primarily used on special teams, we'll see.
The Bears are expected to make another roster move Monday when guard Terrence Metcalf's one-week roster exemption expires. It's expected the club will evaluate any injuries coming out of the game or place linebacker Darrell McClover, who has a pulled hamstring, on injured reserve.