Roster Trimmed by Two

LAKE FOREST - The deadline for the first round of roster cuts is next week, but the Bears got an early start on Thursday.

The Bears waived wide receiver and return specialist Derek Abney and cornerback Talib Wise.

In search for a punt returner, the Bears claimed Abney off waivers from Baltimore on August 11. He appeared in two games with Chicago, posting a punt return average of 4.3 yards on three returns. Dropping a punt inside the 10-yard line against the Rams did not help his cause.

Wise appeared in all three Bears preseason contests after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Nevada-Reno on April 29.

The roster has to be at 65, excluding NFL Europe exemptions, by 2 pm on Tuesday.

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