Cal reinstates Cecil Whiteside

A prodigal son is back in good graces for California, and the Bears just got stronger at linebacker as a result.

Bears coach Jeff Tedford has reinstated linebacker Cecil Whiteside, who on May 24 was kicked off the team for unspecified team rules violations.

The story was first reported by CBS Sports.

Whiteside had 17 tackle and three sacks last season. He was listed as Chris McCain's backup on the post-spring depth chart. While it's doubtful he will eclipse the promising McCain, he's almost certain to see significant playing time.