According to a report by former NFL Network Insider Rand Getlin, the Chicago Bears have claimed former Ravens tight end Daniel Brown off of waivers. A report from ESPN's Field Yates states that the Bears have released running back Joique Bell.
Hoyer to injured reserve:
#Bears place Brian Hoyer on IR— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) October 24, 2016
I'm told TE Daniel Brown has been claimed by the #Bears. He was waived on Saturday by the #Ravens.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) October 24, 2016
The Bears have cut RB Joique Bell, per a league source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 24, 2016
Cornelius promotion and Uzdavinis signing:
Bears elevate C Cornelius Edison to the active roster and sign TE Daniel Brown. T Arturo Uzdavinis has been added to the practice squad.— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) October 24, 2016
The 24 year old Brown signed with the Ravens in 2015 out of James Madison. Brown failed to make the final 53-man cut, but the Ravens added him to the practice squad last season. He was moved up to the 53-man roster in November, and he had six receptions for 64 yards, playing in six games with one start.
Brown was cut over the winter, but was brought back into camp by the Ravens in this spring, and earned a place on the 2016 practice squad.
Brown was again promoted to the Ravens 53-man roster on October 5, 2016, playing in two games but booking no stats.
According to an article posted on BaltimoreRavens.com, Ravens coach John Harbaugh stated that Brown was close to making the initial 2016 Ravens 53-man roster. "He's only gotten better," Harbaugh said. "In the last four weeks, he's practiced well. He might be able to help us on special teams as well. He's been doing a good job - had another really good day out here on special teams. He deserves it."
Bell, 29, has been active for three games with Chicago in 2016 since being signed on September 27. Bell played in three games, had a total of six yards on three rushing attempts. A long-time member of the Detroit Lions, Bell has 2241 career rushing yards.
Edison, 23, played well enough for Chicago in the 2016 pre-season to make the initial 53-man roster, starting both the third and fourth pre-season games. Edison became a roster casualty when the Bears signed Josh Sitton, but Edison was added to the Bears practice squad where he has spent the season so far. A Portland State product, Edison, was named the Rimington Award winner as the top center in the nation for the FCS level of Division I football as a senior in 2014... Appeared in 37 career games (35 starts) in four seasons at Portland State. Edison was on the Bears practice squad starting in November of 2015.
Uzdavinis, a 6'4", 305 pounder out of Tulane, went undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft, and signed as a priority UDFA with the Houston Texans. According to NFL.com's profile, Uzdavinis has long (35-inch) arms and he had a 35-inch vertical jump at his Tulane Pro day. Uzdavinis was released in Houston's first round of cuts to the 75-man roster limit.
To make room for Edison on the 53-man roster, the Bears have placed quarterback Brian Hoyer on Injured Reserve with a broken left arm. Hoyer broke his arm in the second quarter of last Thursday's Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers.
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UPDATE: The Bears released the following information, confirming our earlier story:
#Bears announce the following five roster moves: pic.twitter.com/GC0vW9qMfB— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 24, 2016