Biggs: Bears plot a future without Tinoisamoa

The Chicago Bears have lost their second starting linebacker for the season as Pisa Tinoisamoa will miss the remainder of the year to undergo microfracture surgery on his right knee.

Tinoisamoa, who reunited with coach Lovie Smith after six seasons with the St. Louis Rams, went down in Sunday night’s game at Atlanta. He had missed the previous three games after tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in the same knee in the season opener at Green Bay.

“It’s a shame that you didn’t get a chance to see Pisa really play for an extended period of time,’’ Smith said. “He’s a heck of a football player, but it’s about rehab now until he gets the surgery and go from there.”

The Bears lost middle linebacker Brian Urlacher for the season when he injured his wrist in the opener at Green Bay. They have already used six different starting linebackers, but got one back at practice this afternoon when Hunter Hillenmeyer returned after sitting out the last three weeks with two fractured ribs.

Hillenmeyer has primarily played strong side since joining the team in 2003, but was the first choice to replace Urlacher in Week 2. Although Smith wouldn’t reveal his plan, it’s expected that Roach will play middle linebacker and Hillenmeyer will be on the strong side.

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