Bears promote receiver from practice squad, put Miller on IR

Updated: November 22, 2008, 6:56 PM ET
Associated Press

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears placed veteran offensive tackle Fred Miller on injured reserve and elevated receiver Brandon Rideau from the practice squad on Saturday.

Officially listed with a shoulder injury, Miller appeared in just six games and played mostly on special teams in his 13th season.

The Bears released him in February to avoid paying a roster bonus but brought him back in September following several weeks of talks after first-round draft pick Chris Williams injured his back early in training camp. A fifth-round draft pick by St. Louis in 1996, Miller appeared in 192 games -- 52 with Chicago the past four years.

He helped the Bears reach the Super Bowl two years ago after playing in one with the Rams, the Bears' opponent on Sunday.

A fourth-year pro, Rideau spent the first 11 weeks on the practice squad after catching five passes for a team-leading 127 yards and three touchdowns in the preseason.


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