Bears Release Venable

The Bears made a number of roster moves this afternoon, waiving one player, terminating the contracts of two others and signing two players to the practice squad.

The Chicago Bears today waived rookie safety Winston Venable. Venable was one of five undrafted free agents to make the roster this year. The plan was for him to contribute on special teams and take advantage of his tackling prowess. Yet Venable hasn't been productive there and the Bears have chose to go in a different direction.

To replace Venable, Chicago has elevated S Anthony Walters (6-0, 201) from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Walters joined the team this offseason as an undrafted rookie out of Delaware. He was signed to the practice squad before the season, where he has resided since. He's not a big hitter like Venable but he has good speed and could contribute as a gunner in punt coverage. The Bears may also give him a shot for playing time at safety, as none of the other safeties have played well up to this point.

The Bears have also signed WR Max Komar and DE Jake Laptad to the practice squad and terminated the practice-squad contracts of WR Kris Adams and RB Armando Allen.

Laptad (6-4, 257) spent training camp with the Bears this year but fell behind Nick Reed and Mario Addison toward the end of the preseason. He's raw but has potential as an edge rusher.

Komar (5-11, 202) appeared in eight games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2010 catching 12 passes for 117 yards (9.8 ypc) with a long of 20 yards. He entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Idaho.

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