Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune said this in his article The Bears Re-Sign Darrell McClover:
“The Bears must not be overly concerned about their linebacker situation after re-signing reserve Darrell McClover Tuesday. The Bears made room for McClover by releasing cornerback DeAngelo Smith. McClover is more of a special teams contributor than a player capable of contributing on defense, which would indicate the Bears are confident Hunter Hillenmeyer’s rib injury is not too serious. Pisa Tinoisamoa is also due back from a knee sprain, possibly as soon as Sunday’s home game vs. Detroit. Adding McClover also decreased the chance the Bears would look to a veteran such as Derrick Brooks.”
McClover has played in 22 games in three seasons with the Bears (2006-2008). In his time here, he recorded 36 special team tackles along with two blocked punts. He played in 10 games last season before going on the IR with a hamstring injury. McClover signed with the Bears this off-season after being released immediately after the season ended. He played in the preseason finale before being released September 5th.
The 28 year old McClover gained the nickname “The Commando” during his three seasons with the Bears and has been brought back because of the injuries to Hunter Hillenmeyer and Pisa Tinoisamoa. Because of the injuries Nick Roach and Jamar Williams have been taken off of special teams and put into the starting lineup.
McClover gives you nothing but 100% effort on special teams, I’m glad they decided to bring him back.