Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye returned to the practice squad this afternoon, maybe with an eye on being able to face ex-Bear John St. Clair on Sunday at Soldier Field.
The Bears and Cleveland Browns essentially flipped offensive tackles when Cleveland signed St. Clair in free agency, and the Bears turned around and picked up Shaffer after he was cut loose. St. Clair is starting at right tackle for the Browns, where Ogunleye often faced him in training camp and in the offseason.
"It's going to be fun going against him,'' Ogunleye said. "I'm just going to say that he tries hard. He's the kind of guy that goes in every game and busts his ass, excuse me, busts his tail. He's the kind of guy that you want on your team, so he's a good guy."
Ogunleye had two sacks in the opener vs. Green Bay's Allen Barbre and 2 1/2 a month ago against Detroit's Gosder Cherilus, but he's been shut out in the other games. The Bears' pass rush has been shut out the last two games. According to Stats Inc., St. Clair surrendered 10 of the Bears' 29 sacks last season, most on the team.
The Browns are quite happy with the veteran, and the Bears tried to re-sign St. Clair but he had financial requests they were not willing to meet.
"He's a great guy,'' Cleveland coach Eric Mangini said. "What we look for in players we bring in, whether it is free agency or the draft, we call core characteristics, smart, tough, competitive, guys that are selfless and guys that football is important too, and John has all of those characteristics. A steady guy, really good in the locker room, good teammate. I've been really happy that he is here."