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Chicago Bears Finalize 53-Man Roster for 2018 Season

Hroniss Grasu, Marcus Cooper retain roster spots

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    The Chicago Bears could still make moves as they prepare for their opening game against Green Bay, but for now they’ve set their 53 man roster for the start of the NFL season.

    The Bears, who are looking to get back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season, made a total of 36 roster moves to get their roster down to the mandated number, and there were some surprises in the mix.

    Those surprises included the release of linebacker John Timu, who had played in parts of the last three seasons with the Bears, and Cre’von LeBlanc, who was one of the team’s better reserve cornerbacks.

    Other veterans, such as Marcus Cooper Sr. and Hroniss Grasu, were retained by the team despite having questions swirl around them during training camp.

    Here is the full list of players the Bears cut loose on Saturday:

    Waivers –

    OL, Dejon Allen 
    DL, Abdullah Anderson 
    WR, Demarcus Ayers
    LS, Tanner Carew 
    DB, John Franklin III 
    WR, Tanner Gentry 
    DB, Doran Grant 
    OL, Brandon Greene 
    LB, Ro’Derrick Hoskins 
    WR, Garrett Johnson 
    WR, Malachi Jones 
    DB, Michael Joseph 
    DB, Cre’Von LeBlanc 
    DB, Jonathon Mincy 
    RB, Taquan Mizzell 
    OL, Jordan Morgan 
    RB, Ryan Nall 
    LB, Elijah Norris 
    DB, Nick Orr 
    OL, Will Pericak 
    TE, Colin Thompson 
    LB, John Timu 
    DL, Cavon Walker 
    P, Ryan Winslow 
    LB, Josh Woods

    Waived W/ Injury Settlement –

    LB, Jonathan Anderson

    DB, Rashard Fant

    Injured Reserve –

    WR, Marlon Brown

    Veteran Contracts Terminated –

    QB, Tyler Bray

    RB, Knile Davis

    LB, Kasim Edebali 

    WR, Bennie Fowler III 

    DL, John Jenkins 

    OL, Matt McCants

    DL, Nick Williams

    The NFL will release its waiver claims on Sunday afternoon, and the Bears will have to make one final roster move to activate defensive lineman Khalil Mack after he was acquired in a trade Saturday.

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