As always, Brad Biggs has the first word out of Halas Hall with the Bears final roster cuts.
QB Brett Basanez
FB Jason Davis
FB Will Ta’ufo’ou
WR Eric Peterman
WR Brandon Rideau
G Johan Asiata
OT Cody Balogh
G Dan Buenning
C Donovan Raiola
DE Ervin Baldwin
DE Joe Clermond
LB Marcus Freeman
LB Kevin Malast
LB Darrell McClover
LB Mike Rivera
CB Rudy Burgess
CB Rod Hood
CB Marcus Hamilton
CB Woodny Turenne
For a breakdown of how the final roster shakes out, check out the Bears’ website.
In addition to these cuts, the Bears moved three players to the injured reserve list:
RB Kevin Jones was placed on inured reserve with a torn ligament in his left ankle
DE Henry Melton was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury
S Dahna Deleston was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury
No surprise Melton hits the IR. He’s a project at defensive end and this will allow the Bears to stash him on the roster without exposing him on waivers. That’s common practice for recent Bears draft day projects.
The Bears will form their 8 man practice squad on Sunday. Some likely candidates include DE Ervin Baldwin, QB Brett Basanez, CB Woodny Turenne, LB’s Marcus Freeman and Kevin Malast, FB Will Ta’ufo’ou, WR Eric Peterman and OT Cody Balogh.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bears look to add a running back to the practice squad too. With Kevin Jones on IR and some questions about whether or not Adrian Peterson and Garrett Wolfe can effectively back up Matt Forte, that might be another area for some insurance. I’m sure the Jerry Angelo and company will be scouring the waiver wire looking for anyone that could help the squad. Just over one week until the season opener against the Packers!!!!
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