Bears Waive 11 More Players on Friday

With the preseason schedule in the rearview mirror, the Bears need to trim down their roster to the 53-man limit. Head coach Lovie Smith had a pretty good idea who would stay and who would go before Thursday night's exhibition finale in Cleveland, but a few bright performances might make some of his decisions a little tougher. 11 players got the axe on Friday.

The Bears trimmed their roster by 11 players on Friday afternoon in an effort to get down to the 53-man limit required by the NFL. There were few surprises, but two veterans were given their walking papers as younger (and cheaper) options proved to be up to the task.

Getting their walking papers today were wide receiver Craig Bragg, cornerback Dion Byrum, linebacker Jeremy Cain, defensive tackle Delbert Cowsette, offensive tackle Steve Edwards, cornerback Abraham Elimimian, running back Andre Hall, safety Jason Harmon, cornerback Carlos Hendricks, offensive guard Travis Leffew, and wide receiver Mark Philmore.

Both Cain and Edwards were Bears veterans who lost their jobs to younger players with more potential. Cain played eight games the last two seasons and was credited with eight tackles, but rookie Jamar Williams and the improvement of super-athlete Leon Joe made his presence unnecessary. Edwards played in 31 of 32 games from 2003-04 but in only six contests last season. Fellow tackles Mark LeVoir and John St. Clair made him expendable.

If these players clear waivers, those with less than two years of NFL experience can still be brought back to the practice squad.

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