Predicting Bears Final 53

The Bears will have to cut 27 players by this Saturday. The vast majority of roster spots are set yet a number are still up for grabs. Bear Report predicts what the final 53 will look like.

The Chicago Bears released five players yesterday: DE Vernon Gholston, LB Tanner Antle, DT Tank Tyler, QB Trevor Vittatoe and C J.C. Brignone. The team will have to trim 27 more players by this Saturday. At that point, the team will have decided its final 53-man roster.

Bear Report has spent countless hours pouring over the current 80-man roster. Here then is our prediction as to what the final list will look like come Saturday.

*Editor's Note: The extent of the injuries to Marion Barber and Desmond Clark have not made public. For our purposes, we assume both will be healthy enough to play this season.


Jay Cutler
Caleb Hanie
Nathan Enderle

Running back
Matt Forte
Marion Barber
Kahlil Bell

Wide receiver
Roy Williams
Devin Hester
Earl Bennett
Johnny Knox
Sam Hurd
Dane Sanzenbacher

Tight end
Kellen Davis
Matt Spaeth
Kyle Adams
Desmond Clark

Offensive line
J'Marcus Webb
Gabe Carimi
Chris Williams
Lance Louis
Roberto Garza
Frank Omiyale
Levi Horn
Edwin Williams
Chris Spencer


Defensive end
Julius Peppers
Israel Idonije
Corey Wootton
Mario Addison

Defensive tackle
Anthony Adams
Henry Melton
Matt Toeaina
Amobi Okoye
Stephen Paea

Lance Briggs
Brian Urlacher
Nick Roach
Brian Iwuh
J.T. Thomas
Dom DeCicco

Charles Tillman
Tim Jennings
Zack Bowman
D.J. Moore
Corey Graham
Joshua Moore

Chris Harris
Major Wright
Chris Conte
Craig Steltz


K Robbie Gould
P Adam Podlesh
LS Patrick Mannelly


WR Kris Adams
T Josh Davis
LB Patrick Trahan
G Johan Asiata
LB Chris Johnson
DE Jake Laptad
FB Eddie Williams
RB Harvey Unga

PLAY-INS (those who can earn a spot on the practice squad with a strong showing Thursday)

WR Onrea Jones
G Ricky Henry
TE Andre Smith
C Alex Linnenkohl
RB Robert Hughes
S Winston Venable
CB Ryan Jones

*Editor's note: If Desmond Clark's injury forces him to miss significant time, replace him on the roster with FB Eddie Williams.

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