The Chicago Bears found help at linebacker Tuesday in the form of veteran free agent Cato June.
The Bears signed June to a one-year contract, although terms of the deal weren’t released by the team. June brings plenty of experience to the Bears’ defense, to the tune of 73 career starts and seven playoff starts — including Super Bowl XLI with the Colts in 2006.
June has experience at both weakside and strongside linebacker in the Cover 2 defense, which is what the Bears run under Lovie Smith.
June was available due to a broken forearm that ended a short stint with the Texans earlier this season. He signed with the Texans during the offseason, but landed on injured reserve in August and was released with an injury settlement two weeks later.
The Bears have been decimated by injuries at linebacker this season. MLB Brian Urlacher suffered a season-ending wrist injury in the opener, while Pisa Tinoisamoa sustained a season-ending knee injury in Week 6. The team’s other starter, Lance Briggs, suffered a knee injury in last week’s loss to the Vikings. There’s been no word on the severity of Briggs’ injury, although the team’s official Web site says it isn’t believed to be season-ending.