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Bears Cut Israel Idonije

Veteran defensive end re-signed with team after spending a year with Detroit Lions



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    Israel Idonije #71 of the Chicago Bears looks on from the sideline in the second half against the New York Giants during a preseason game on August 24, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

    Veteran defensive end Israel Idonije won't be making a triumphant return to the Chicago Bears this season.

    The Bears announced Thursday that the team has terminated Idonije's contract.

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    Idonije played for the Bears from 2004-2012. He played with the Detroit Lions in 2013 before re-signing with the Bears during the offseason.

    The team also waived safety Sean Cattouse, quarterback Jerrod Johnson and tight end Fendi Onobun.

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    The Bears announced the signings of defensive end Jamil Merrell from Rutgers and linebacker Conor O'Neill from Wisconsin.