The Bears will not wait for Trumaine McBride to recover from a sprained right knee.
The veteran, who had the second-most special teams reps on the team last season, was waived/injured today, the club announced, to make room for cornerback DeAngelo Smith, who they claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.
A league source said the Bears are seeking to make an injury settlement with McBride, who will be out four to six weeks.
Smith is the second ex-Browns corner the Bears will kick the tires on. They signed veteran Rod Hood at the end of preseason after Cleveland cut him.
The Bears put in a claim for defensive end Turk McBride on Wednesday after he was waived by Kansas City. However, they lost out as Detroit, which sits atop the waiver wire process by virtue of its 0-16 record last season, also put in a claim for him.