Bears waive Emanuel, Hyder and Maxie

LAKE FOREST, IL - The Chicago Bears waived linebacker Jim Emanuel and defensive tackles Gaylon Hyder and Demetrious Maxie today, trimming their roster to 65.

Emanuel was one of four NFL Europe exemptions (wide receiver Ahmad Merritt, cornerback Todd McMillon and guard/center Brad Williams) which expire Sept. 2.

The Bears must trim their roster to 53 by 4:00 PM EST, Sunday, Sept. 2. On Monday, Sept. 3, a five-man practice squad may be established after 4:00 PM EST.

To be eligible for the practice squad, a player must not have an accrued season towards free agency. If a player does have an accrued season, he still is eligible for the practice squad if he was not on the active or inactive list for more than nine regular-season games.

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