Bears may add another backup QB

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Bears coach Lovie Smith said after Monday's practice that there's a chance the club could bring in another backup quarterback.

With second-string quarterback Caleb Hanie out with the sprained shoulder he sustained Saturday in San Diego, Smith said the club would like to bring in an extra player to take on some of the extra repetitions, which have gone to rookie Dan LeFevour.

"There's a chance we can make a move at the quarterback position," Smith said. "But we'll see how that plays out. Only having two healthy guys is a little bit tough."

Smith mentioned that the club expects Hanie to be ready to play when the Bears open the regular season on Sept. 12 against the Lions. The loss of Hanie, a third-year veteran, leaves starting quarterback Jay Cutler to split reps with LeFevour, which contributes to added wear on the signal callers' arms.

Smith didn't say whether the Bears planned on bringing in a veteran or a rookie from the most recent class.

"We'll look at all options," Smith said. "In an ideal world, he'll have some experience."

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.