Todd McMillon was the biggest name among the players cut. The cornerback spent five seasons with the Bears, primarily as a special teams contributor. He tallied 50 special teams stops over that time, including 21 last season.
Two sacks in the preseason finale were not enough to earn DE Greg White a roster spot.
"I was uncertain and somewhat slow in the early OTAs but that has all changed," said White, who led NFL Europe with seven sacks. "My confidence level has gone up since I've come to the team."
Tight ends Darnell Sanders and Ron Johnson were among those waived. Each finished the preseason with six receptions, but Gabe Reid appears to have secured a roster spot because of his ability to play tight end and H-back.
"Kind of like a jack of all trades and master of none," Reid said. "I'll go out there and do whatever I can to contribute to the team. I just want to be a part of it."
The Bears placed WR Eddie Berlin (groin) and Rod Wilson (knee) on Injured Reserve, which will end their season. WR Airese Currie and FB Jason McKie have been put on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. They'll miss at least the first six weeks of the season.
The Bears will carry four quarterbacks on the roster, as the team holds out hope that Rex Grossman can return this year from a broken ankle that will keep him out until at least mid November.
A roster exemption for Cedric Benson means the Bears can carry 54 players for a period of time. The roster currently stands at 58, with four players needing to be cut by 5 p.m. today.
Benson's exemption runs through Sept. 12th or earlier if he were to play in the Sept. 11th season opener at Washington.
"I believe so, but it's in the coaches hands whatever they think is best and they're in control of that," Benson said of being ready to play against the Redskins. "But I think good preparation for the week and they should let me get out there and get my feet wet, hopefully."