The Chicago Bears continue to tweak the roster, even on the day before the regular season opener. The club today elevated RB Armando Allen to the active roster from the practice squad, waived LB Patrick Trahan and terminated the contract of vested veteran RB Lorenzo Booker.
Allen appeared in two contests for Chicago last season, carrying the ball 15 times for 48 yards, after spending 12 of the 15 prior weeks on the Bears practice squad.
In the preseason finale, Allen led the team in rushing and receiving yards, and forced a fumble on special teams. On offense, he's been used as much as a receiver as a ball carrier, often lining up in the slot or out wide.
Trahan appeared in five games for the Bears in 2011, recording five special teams tackles, after spending the first 12 weeks of the season on Chicago's practice squad. He spent all of 2010 in Tennessee on the Titans practice squad after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss.
Trahan was kept on the roster in case Brian Urlacher was unable to return in time for Week 1. Urlacher practiced twice this week and was listed as probable on yesterday's official injury report, making Trahan expendable.
Booker had 230 rushing yards (61 carries), 363 receiving yards (47 receptions) and 879 kickoff return yards (37 returns) in 36 games with the Miami Dolphins (2007), Philadelphia Eagles (2008) and Minnesota Vikings (2010-11).
He left the preseason finale with a head injury and has experienced lingering concussion symptoms since. The Bears might attempt to take advantage of a new NFL rule that allows one player to come off IR after Week 6.
Booker was great in the preseason, which is why he was kept, but Allen also showed well, particularly as a receiver. There won't be any drop off at the team's third running back position with Allen on the roster.
The Bears' active roster now stands at 52 players. The player likely to fill the club's final roster spot is DT Nate Collins, who is on the Injured/Suspended list. He'll miss Week 1 due to violating the league's substance abuse policy.
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