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Chicago Bears release Tanner Gentry, lose Dieugot Joseph from their practice squad

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The Chicago Bears are releasing wide receiver Tanner Gentry, as first reported by Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times. Gentry made his NFL debut on Sunday in Tampa, catching two balls for twenty-seven yards. He also had a drop late in the game and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on special teams. Jahns says the hope is they can get him back to the practice squad where be began the 2017 season.

He did make it all the way through waivers once, so he might do it again.

If they are able to re-sign Gentry to their practice squad, they won’t have to release a player, because earlier today the Baltimore Ravens announced that they signed offensive lineman Dieugot Joseph off of Chicago’s practice squad.

With Gentry released, this probably means that wide receiver Markus Wheaton is ready to make his Chicago Bears debut.

UPDATE: The Chicago Bears announced that they are adding defensive lineman Mike Purcell to the practice squad and also promoting DeAndre Houston-Carson to the 53 man roster.

Purcell, 26 years old, checks in at 6’3”, 328 pounds, and he started five games last year for the 49ers. He was originally an undrafted free agent of the ‘Niners in 2013.

UDPATE: And now we know why DHC was promoted.

UPDATE: The Bears announced that they released running back Josh Rounds from the practice squad.