Bears eyeing Rod Wilson to replace Hunter Hillenmeyer

The Chicago Bears look to be turning to a familiar face to replace Hunter Hillenmeyer on their roster after the veteran linebacker was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

The team will bring in Rod Wilson for a workout today and if all goes well he could be practicing with the team this afternoon. A seventh-round pick by the Bears in 2005, Wilson spent three seasons with the team and he knows the defense. Hillenmeyer's season ended prematurely with a concussion suffered in the third preseason game on Aug. 28.

Hillenmeyer’s greatest value – besides the veteran presence he added to the locker room – was that he was the only linebacker on the roster capable of backing up Brian Urlacher. The Bears don’t have another middle linebacker on the roster and Wilson has worked previously behind Urlacher in the scheme.

The Bears are also expected to sign linebacker Marcus Buggs to the practice squad. He was one of 11 players the team brought in for a tryout Tuesday. Buggs, a Vanderbilt product, spent the past two seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

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