53-Man Roster Now Established for '09

The Chicago Bears had several tough decisions to make after three consecutive victories to close out the preseason schedule, but now we know each of the 53 players that will follow Lovie Smith onto the field of battle in '09. However, many familiar names were handed pink slips. The Turk is calling ...

Courtesy of the Chicago Bears Football Club:

LAKE FOREST – The Chicago Bears waived the following 16 players today:

No. Name Position Year College
62 Johan Asiata G R UNLV
99 Ervin Baldwin DE 2 Michigan State
79 Cody Balogh OT 2 Montana
14 Brett Basanez QB 4 Northwestern
39 Rudy Burgess CB 2 Arizona State
70 Joe Clermond DE 2 Pittsburgh
43 Jason Davis FB 3 Illinois
58 Marcus Freeman LB R Ohio State
24 Marcus Hamilton CB 3 Virginia
62 Kevin Malast LB R Rutgers
86 Eric Peterman WR R Northwestern
73 Donovan Raiola C 1 Wisconsin
84 Brandon Rideau WR 5 Kansas
60 Mike Rivera LB R Kansas
45 Will Taufoou FB R California
47 Woodny Turenne CB R Louisville

The Bears also placed the following three players on the Reserve/Injured list:

No. Name Position Year College
48 Dahna Deleston S R Connecticut
27 Kevin Jones RB 6 Virginia Tech
69 Henry Melton DE R Texas

The Bears also terminated the contract of the following three vested veterans:

No. Name Position Year College
72 Dan Buenning G 5 Wisconsin
32 Rod Hood CB 7 Auburn
64 Darrell McClover LB 6 Miami

Chicago has also removed CB Charles Tillman from the Physically Unable to Perform list and placed him on the active roster.

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