Bears roster set…for now

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The Chicago Bears got down to the NFL required 53-man limit Saturday afternoon with a series of moves that sets the roster for now.

LB J.T. Thomas, the club’s sixth-round pick in 20 who stood out on special teams during the preseason, was let go. The Bears reached injury settlements with OT Cory Brandon, who hurt his knee and ankle in the final preseason contest Thursday against Cleveland, and DT Corvey Irvin, a free agent trying to make the team who was injured in the San Diego preseason game and missed the last two weeks. The club waived/injured S Brandon Hardin, the team’s third-round draft choice from a year ago, and released WR Terrance Tolliver.

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“Turk” visits Bears as roster gets trimmed

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A day after quarterback Jordan Palmer shone during the Chicago Bears preseason finale, he found himself unemployed. Offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb, a  44 game starter in three NFL seasons but also a frequent target of Bears fans for his uneven play, was also shown the door.

Such is the harsh reality of the final roster cutdown to 53 players. The “Turk”, a fictional name given to a team’s staff person who delivers the bad news that the “coach wants to see you and bring your playbook”, is making the rounds at all 32 NFL cities.

Most of the decisions revolving around the Bears final roster began to take shape within the last two weeks, but it’s still a day that both coaches and players on the bubble dread.

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Bears Trestman says starters to rest

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Fans attending the Chicago Bears preseason finale Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field made need to buy a program to identify the players. Most if not all of the starters are expected to rest says Bears head coach Marc Trestman.

“I wouldn’t say all, but it’ll be close to all of the starters,” Trestman said. “There’s always going to be things that happen later in the week because of injuries and things like that that we may have to play some guys but our hope is most if not all will be held out of the game.”

It’s become a ritual for most NFL clubs to use the final preseason tune-up  as a glorified practice, erring on the side of caution and keeping the prospective starters out of the game to prevent injury. READ MORE