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Chicago Bears Roster Cuts: Matt Blanchard no longer a Bear, roster at 75

The Chicago Bears have reached the mandated 75 roster limit in advance of this afternoons deadline, by reaching an injury settlement with quarterback Matt Blanchard.

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As reported by Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Matt Blanchard era is over... for now.

The Chicago Bears have reached an injury settlement with quarterback Matt Blanchard, and their roster now stands at 75. He broke a knuckle in his left (non-throwing hand) in the 2nd preseason game, and since he was inured, the Bears couldn't outright release him.

If Blanchard was healthy, he had a solid chance on being the #3 QB and sticking on the roster. As it stands now, I believe the Bears will roll with just two quarterbacks on the final roster.

With Trent Edwards and Jordan Palmer getting all the QB reps in the final preseason game, the Bears will have two potential signees to turn to if either Jay Cutler or Josh McCown are injured during  the season.

If you're wondering about the possibility of the Bears re-signing Blanchard, Biggs breaks down the scenario;

Because of the settlement, Blanchard will not be eligible to re-sign with the Bears until after Week 10. This also precludes him from joining the team's practice squad. Blanchard will be free to sign with another organization after the length of the injury settlement has expired, so even if the Bears want him back down the road, that might be impossible.

I have a feeling that Blanchard will be approached by a few teams before week 10.

What do you think of the latest development from Halas Hall?

Are you comfortable with the Bears keeping only two QBs on the final 53 man roster?

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