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The Chicago Bears got down to the 53-man roster limit Friday, releasing, among others, quarterback Josh McCown and running back Armando Allen. It was a bitter pill to swallow for both, who came off outstanding efforts in Thursday’s preseason finale against Cleveland.

Circumstances worked against both, with the Bears preferring to carry two quarterbacks and investing a lot of money into that position with Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell. Allen lost out to veteran Lorenzo Booker for the third running back spot, due in part, to Booker’s ability to return kicks, including a 105 yard touchdown against Washington earlier in the exhibition season.

Additionally, the club traded fullback Tyler Clutts, who saw little action during the preseason. The Bears official release announcing the moves is listed below:

The Chicago Bears have acquired CB Sherrick McManisfrom the Houston Texans today in exchange for FB Tyler Clutts.

McManis has appeared in 23 games over two seasons with Houston after being selected by the Texans in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.  READ MORE

Bears reserves shine in preseason finale

Third-string quarterback Josh McCown threw for two touchdowns and backup running backs Armando Allen and Lorenzo Booker combined for 164 yards as the Chicago Bears wrapped up the preseason with a 28-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns Thursday night. For the what it’s worth category, the Bears finished the preseason 3-1, and are now 19-18 in exhibition play during Lovie Smith’s tenure.

McCown, playing the whole game, was sharp, completing 20 of 29 passes for 157 yards and touchdowns to wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher and Allen. READ MORE

Roster spots up for grabs in preseason finale

With the 53 man roster cut down looming for the Chicago Bears , let’s take a look at the competition for the final roster spots. First up, let’s look at the offense:

-Armando Allen vs. Lorenzo Booker,  third RB: Booker could turn out to be a reclamation project. He returned a kick 105 yards for a touchdown in the game against Washington, and followed up with a solid performance of catching the ball out of the backfield in last Friday’s contest with the Giants. READ MORE