Bears trim roster to 56

LAKE FOREST, IL - The Chicago Bears waived nine players today, trimming their roster to 56.

The team must waive three more players by 3 p.m. Sunday to reach the NFL's mandatory 53-man roster. Saturday's roster cuts included:

Marlon Barnes (RB)

Billy Davis (WR)

Chris Floyd (FB)

Buck Gurley (DT)

Uhuru Hamiter (DE)

John Sigmund (TE)

Van Tuinei (DT)

Jerry Wisne (G/T)

Floyd Young (CB)

Barnes, who was claimed off waivers in 2000, gained 81 yards on 15 carries in a back-up role last year, his only season in Chicago.

Tuinei played for two seasons in Chicago after one season each in San Diego and Indianapolis. The Bears acquired Tuinei off waivers in 1999 and the defensive tackle/end played in 14 games with two starts in 2000, registering 16 tackles, one forced fumble and one sack.

Wisne, acquired by the Bears in the fifth round of the 1999 draft, was active for only one game in 2000 but did not see action after playing in seven games as a rookie with one start in 1999.

Davis, Floyd, Gurley, Hamiter, Sigmund and Young joined the Bears during the 2001 preseason.

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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