Erik Kramer is finished for the season and might have thrown his final pass for the Chicago Bears.
Kramer, who sat out the last three games because of two herniated disks in his neck, was put on injured reserve Monday.
"He will follow the plan of the doctors as far as his rehab work," Coach Dave Wannstedt said. "Surgery is not in the plans at this point. He's just going to get healthy and see."
Dave Krieg, who turns 38 next week, has directed the Bears to a 1-2 record and will remain the starter. The backups are Shane Matthews and Mark Butterfield, two players who never have thrown a pass in the NFL.
Asked if Kramer, a free-agent after the season, will return to Chicago, Wannstedt said: "I can't answer that right now . . . Once he gets cleared, we'll discuss what the future plans are."