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Chicago Bears Finalize 53-Man Roster for 2018 Season

Hroniss Grasu, Marcus Cooper retain roster spots

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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