Bears Announce Roster Moves

The Monsters of the Midway said goodbye to nine players on Monday afternoon, trimming the roster down to the necessary 75. Leon Joe, who was on the active roster in Super Bowl XLI, is the most notable player to be pink-slipped. Additionally, Brandon Rideau, a dark horse to make the team who enjoyed a superb offseason, was waived/injured after hurting his ankle in the second preseason game.

Per the Chicago Bears:

LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears waived the following eight players today:

Justin Frick DT North Dakota State
Leon Joe LB Maryland
Timon Marshall WR Ottawa (KS)
Tyler McMeans OG Miami (FL)
Nick Novak K Maryland
Clinton Solomon WR Iowa
Jay Staggs S UNLV
Joel Stelly P Louisiana-Monroe

The Bears also waived/injured the following player:

Brandon Rideau WR Kansas

The Bears now have 75 players on the roster and 76 players overall, as RB Jermaine Allen will be carried on the Bears practice squad this season as a part of the League's NFL International Development Practice Squad Program. As a part of the program, Allen is exempt from the 75- and 53-player roster cuts and does not count toward those numbers. The London native will be a member of the Bears practice squad this season in addition to the eight-man group that will be established on September 2.

JC's Take: There are no real surprises here, even the veteran Joe who has contributed on special teams in the past and was active on Super Sunday last February. Neither Novak nor Stelly had a chance considering the Bears have arguably the best kicker/punter combination in the entire NFL, and both Frick and Soloman were late additions during training camp. However, it's a real shame that Rideau got hurt because had performed very well from mini camp through the preseason and was a dark horse to make the final 53-man roster. He'll receive an injury settlement from the organization before likely being picked up by another team. But Mike Hass had still better bust his tail because he's still at best the No. 6 receiver right now.

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