Bears swap three roster spots

The Chicago Bears today waived CB Kelvin Hayden, FB Tony Fiammetta and QB David Fales, and elevated WR Josh Bellamy, WR Chris Williams and C Taylor Boggs from the practice squad.

The Chicago Bears made six roster moves today. The club has terminated the contracts of vested veterans CB Kelvin Hayden and FB Tony Fiammetta, and waived sixth-round rookie QB David Fales. Fales was waived healthy and did not receive an injury settlement. If he clears waivers, he can sign with the team as a practice squad member.

The team has also elevated three members of the practice squad to the 53-man roster: WR Josh Bellamy, WR Chris Williams and C Taylor Boggs.

These moves were made out of necessity because of injury, not necessarily due to the value of the three players released. Wide receivers Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) are doubtful, while WR Josh Morgan (groin) is doubtful and unlikely to play.

The club also has just one center healthy, Brian de la Puente, as Roberto Garza has been ruled out. Right guard Matt Slauson also won’t play.

Bellamy and Williams both spent training camp and the preseason with the Bears. Williams, signed to the practice squad on Thursday, may also be used as a returner. Boggs was active as Chicago’s backup center for all 16 games last season and will again serve in that role on Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.

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