The Bears must be ready to finally put Pisa Tinoisamoa on injured reserve.
The team will sign free-agent linebacker Cato June to a one-year contract, and it will need to clear a spot to add the veteran. That means Tinoisamoa will finally head to injured reserve after being lost for the season with a knee injury Oct. 18 at Atlanta.
June was the leading tackler for the Indianapolis Colts in 2006, the year they defeated the Bears in the Super Bowl, and his history in the NFL is as a linebacker in the Tampa Two. While he played the weak side for the Colts, he was a strong-side linebacker in Tampa Bay last season and the positions are considered interchangeable.
June, a Pro Bowl performer following the 2005 season, was cut by the Bucs at the start of the offseason and eventually landed in Houston where he was hurt in August. According to his Twitter profile, he was cleared by doctors to return to action last Wednesday. June suffered a broken forearm in mid-August in a scrimmage with the New Orleans Saints prior to an exhibition game. He had surgery to have a plate inserted and it was announced at the time he would be sidelined six to eight weeks. June, who turned 30 last month, received an injury settlement.
Also, a league source said that the Bears have released defensive end Joe Clermond from the practice squad.