LAKE FOREST – For a month he’s tried to come back to the lineup after getting injured hours before a game.
On the Saturday before the Bears’ match-up with the Broncos, Antrel Rolle injured is knee and wasn’t able to play that Sunday. Since then the safety has slowly returned to practice with the hope for a return before the end of the season.
John Fox shut down any possibility of such on Monday as he told reporters that Rolle has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a sprained knee.
A free agent pickup from the Giants this season, Rolle battled injuries during his first season in Chicago and played in just seven games this season. After going injury-free through the first three games of the season, he injured his right ankle against the Raiders and would miss the Bears’ next two games.
Rolle returned against the Vikings on November 1st and played the next three games before getting injured in the Saturday practice before the Broncos contest. He hasn’t played since.
In his 11th NFL season, Rolle finished with 35 tackles and one pass deflection. Offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje takes his place on the roster as he returns after serving a four-game NFL suspension for a violation of the league’s performance enhancers policy.