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Bears release Bradley Sowell for the fifth time this year

The Bears add James Vaughters to the active roster from the practice squad and release Bradley Sowell.

NFL: MAY 22 Chicago Bears OTA Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

At this point, I hope everyone realizes that the Chicago Bears are having tight end Bradley Sowell act as the unofficial 54th man on their roster. They cut him each week before the game if there’s a pressing roster need, then they re-add him after the game so he can practice with the team. They use him as the sacrificial lamb each time because there’s little to no chance another team would claim a 30-year old converted offensive lineman off waivers.

But with as poor as Chicago’s tight ends have been this year, why not give Sowell a shot? If the plan is to go a bit more run heavy, Sowell would be a better in-line blocking option than the players they’ve been using.

This time Sowell was sprung to make room for outside linebacker James Vaughters, who is needed because Isaiah Irving is going to miss his second consecutive game. Vaughters was active last week and he played a few snaps on defense and a few more special teams.

In other roster moves today, the Bears released running back Mike Davis (read Jacob’s story here) and added Ryan Nall to the 53-man roster (more on Nall here).