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Bears release Bradley Sowell, sign James Vaughters

The Chicago Bears have made a roster move in advance of Sunday’s game against the Eagles.

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With Isaiah Irving already ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Chicago Bears have signed James Jaughters from their practice squad to provide depth at outside linebacker and special teams. To make room for Vaughters on the 53-man roster the Bears waived tight end Bradley Sowell again.

Sowell, an eight year veteran, has been a frequent signee and release this entire year — acting like a 54th player on Chicago’s roster — but with the NFL season into week nine he’ll now have to pass through waivers before being re-signed. If he goes unclaimed the Bears can add him again, but if he’s picked up he’ll be the property of his new team.

The 26-year old Vaughters was just added to the Bears practice squad on Tuesday, and now he finds himself on an NFL roster for the first time in his career.

With kickoff tomorrow at noon (Central), the Bears will announce their inactive list about 10:30am.