The Chicago Bears have to cut 22 players by Sunday to trim the roster down to the required 53. They wasted no time this morning in beginning that process.
The first to go was offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb, who announced he had been cut via Twitter:
Good bye, Chicago! I gave you 3 years of me.
Webb, a starter for the Bears the last three seasons, was demoted after the first preseason game. Since then, he has spiraled downward. He had two false start penalties last week, and added another one last night, as well as a holding penalty and all-around poor play. To many, it appeared Webb had given up, so this cut should come as no surprise.
Next to go was QB Jordan Palmer, who also took to Twitter to announce his release:
I really appreciate all the kind words from the Bears fans but I'm headed home today. Crazy biz but appreciative.
Palmer played very well against the Browns last night and will likely be on Marc Trestman’s speed dial in case an injury befalls one of the club’s top two signal callers.
Others cut: S Tom Nelson, S Brandon Hardin, OL Edwin Williams, LB Jerry Franklin and WR Josh Lenz. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune was the first to report these cuts.
None of these are surprises, although there were high hopes for Hardin, last year’s third-round pick. Yet during the preseason, Hardin has not showed anything in live action and last night, he was downright awful. He is still eligible for the practice squad, so we’ll know by Monday if the Bears still see a future for him in Chicago.
WR Brittan Golden also announced on Twitter he has been cut:
Goodbye Chicago! Truly been a blessing to play here.
UPDATE: QB Trent Edwards has been released, per Biggs.
UPDATE: LS Brandon Harston has been released. Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com was the first to report the news.
UPDATE: Mike Wright of ESPNChicago.com has reported that Hardin has a fractured scapula, suffered on a goal-line collision last night, and will be waived/injured. If he clears waivers, he will revert to the Injured Reserve list. The Bears could then stash him on IR for the second season in a row, assuming no one claims him, which would then open up a potential spot on the practice squad.
UPDATE: Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times is first to report that OL Derek Dennis has been cut.
That’s 11 of the required 22 cuts. We’ll update this page as more cuts are made public.
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