On Monday, the Bears placed defensive tackle Matt Toeaina on injured reserve with a knee injury. Toeaina was set to undergo an MRI on Tuesday. In addition, the Bears placed running back Michael Bush on injured reserve with an injury to his ribs on Tuesday.
To fill the roster spots vacated by Toeaina, the Bears elevated T Cory Brandon from the practice squad to the active roster. In place of Bush, Chicago brought back Kahlil Bell for a second time this season to assist in with running back depth.
Cory Brandon spent the last nine weeks of the season on the Bears practice squad. The 6-7, 324-pound offensive lineman entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Tampa Bay out of Oklahoma in 2011. He signed with Chicago this past June and was with the team during the 2012 preseason.
Bell has appeared in 25 games with three starts over four seasons with Chicago (2009-12) and the New York Jets (2012) totaling 589 rushing yards on 131 carries (4.5 ypc) and 150 receiving yards and one touchdown on 22 receptions (6.8 ypr).