Bears Establish 53-Man Roster

Saturday was cutdown day across the NFL, and although there were few surprises at Halas Hall, the Bears still had to say goodbye to some pretty good football players.

Per the Chicago Bears:

LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears waived the following 18 players today:

Josh Allen RB Maryland
David Ball WR New Hampshire
Copeland Bryan DE Arizona
Tory Collins DT Northwestern St.
Tyler Everett S Ohio State
Greg Fassitt CB Grambling
Chris Frome DE Notre Dame
Antonio Garay DT Boston College
Drisan James WR Boise State
Chris Leak QB Florida
Mark LeVoir OT Notre Dame
Fontel Mines TE Virginia
Tim Mixon CB California
Anthony Oakley OG Western Kentucky
Brett Pierce TE Stanford
Tyler Reed OG Penn State
Andrew Shanle S Nebraska
Danny Verdun Wheeler LB Georgia

The Bears also waived/injured the following player:

Steven Vieira OT UCLA

The Bears placed the following players on injured reserve:

Dan Bazuin DE Central Michigan
Quadtrine Hill FB Miami (FL)

As previously announced, the NFL has suspended FB Obafemi Ayanbadejo for the first four regular-season games of 2007. During that time he, will not count toward the Bears 53-man roster. He is eligible to return to the Bears' active roster on Monday, October 1 following the team's September 30 game against the Detroit Lions.

The Bears now have 53 players on their active roster and 54 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. The London native will be a member of the Bears practice squad this season in addition to the eight-man group that may be established starting at 11:00 am CT tomorrow, September 2.

JC's Take: After listening to what head coach Lovie Smith had to say on Saturday's cutdown-day conference call from Lake Forest, as you'd expect, he was simply trying to assemble the best 53-man roster possible. He kept six receivers this year instead of five like a year ago, mainly because Mike Hass had simply been too good from the first day of training camp through the final preseason game. With Bazuin on injured reserve and Garay being waived, that means there are only eight defensive lineman on the club. That could get a little dicey since Tommie Harris is still coming back slowly from injury, but at least Israel Idonije has the ability to play both end and tackle in case somebody else goes down. Smith could not do without either Rod Wilson or Darrell McClover because they are dynamite on special teams, giving him eight linebackers as opposed to his usual seven.

John Crist is the Editor in Chief of and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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