Roster Cuts Begin: Bears Waive Four Players

The Bears began the cutdown process on Thursday, waiving four players. The team still has plenty of time before having to decide on the final 53-man roster, but lightening the load will give the opportunity for others to get increased reps during the rest of the preseason. Tight end Tim Day, fullback Quadtrine Hill, kicker Josh Huston, and quarterback B.J. Symons were the casualties.

The Bears cut four players on Thursday, tight end Tim Day, fullback Quadtrine Hill, kicker Josh Huston, and quarterback B.J. Symons.

Day came to the Bears as an undrafted free agent after not being selected in the 2006 NFL Draft. Arguably the most physically gifted tight end in Oregon history, the former Duck finished his collegiate career with 90 receptions for 963 yards and 12 touchdowns. But even with the Bears supposedly needing a play-making tight end, Day was not able to make a dent in the depth chart with starter Desmond Clark and reserves John Gilmore and Gabe Reid in front of him.

Hill was another undrafted free agent just signed on Monday and participated in only three practices before being waived. The former Hurricane finished his senior season with 138 yards on 19 carries and also caught 29 passes for 252 yards and one touchdown. Hill was brought in for depth at fullback after the injury to Bryan Johnson, but Jason McKie, Keith Belton, and rookie J.D. Runnels have all performed well so far.

Huston received a sixth-year of eligibility at Ohio State due to injuries he sustained during the 2000 and 2002 seasons, but he had big shoes to fill having to replace former Lou Groza Award winner Mike Nugent. The former Buckeye was inconsistent in training camp, and the steady performance of incumbent kicker Robbie Gould made Huston's presence unnecessary.

Symons had one of the most statistically impressive seasons in the history of college football back in 2003 at Texas Tech. He completed 65.4% of his throws on his way to 5,833 passing yards and 52 touchdowns. But the former Red Raider had trouble making the throws required of an NFL quarterback, and with Rex Grossman, Brian Griese, and Kyle Orton in front of him, his chances of making the roster were a longshot at best.

The Bears also orchestrated a trade on Thursday, sending reserve offensive lineman Lennie Friedman to the Cleveland Browns for an undisclosed draft pick. Friedman has the versatility to play both center and guard, but GM Jerry Angelo seems fairly happy with the depth has has behind one of the more experienced starting offensive lines in the league.


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