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.

While the moves get the Bears to the 53-man limit, there could still be some changes to the roster.General Manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman will survey the avaialable players on the market with an eye on upgrading the back half of the depth charts.

As constituted currently, the Bears roster shows  2 QB, 3 RB, 1 FB, 3 TE, 6 WR, 9 OL, 5 DE, 4 DT, 6 LB, 6 CB, 4 S, 4 specialists. Thrree undrafted free agents impressed enough to make the team, as of now. They are RB Michael Ford, DT Zach Minter, and CB C.J. Wilson. The 2013 draft class remained intact as well.

In addition, the Bears, along with other NFL teams, can begin assembling an eight-man practice squad beginning Sunday. Possible options there include CB Demontre Hurst, who turned in a solid camp and was impressive in Thursday’s wind-up with the Browns, along with TE Fendi Onobun. Onobun squandered a golden opportunity to make the club by dropping too many passes and committing some costly penalties, but Trestman likes his athletic ability. The Bears are also expected to sign a developmental QB prospect to protect them in case an injury occurs.


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