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Bears announce their 10-man practice squad

Chicago’s practice squad appears to be taking shape.

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It’s official, the Bears have announced their 2019 practice squad.

The group consists of 10 players who will practice with the 53-man roster and work on the scout team to prepare them for games. All of the players the Bears kept this year were members of their roster during the preseason.

Their practice squad is as follows:

  • Offensive lineman Alex Bars
  • Defensive back Stephen Denmark
  • Running back Ryan Nall
  • Quarterback Tyler Bray
  • Offensive lineman Sam Mustipher
  • Tight end Jesper Horsted
  • Defensive back Michael Joseph
  • Wide receiver Thomas Ives
  • Edge rusher James Vaughters
  • Edge rusher Jonathan Harris

A speculated list from WGN’s Adam Hoge had wide receiver Taquan Mizzell in place of Vaughters but had the other nine players correctly named.

The most notable name on the list is Bars, a highly-touted undrafted free agent whom many thought would be placed on the 53-man roster. The Notre Dame product impressed in the preseason and played as both a guard and a tackle, both at a high level.

Denmark is the only pick from Chicago’s 2019 draft class to not make the 53-man roster. He missed all of the preseason due to an ankle injury. Seen as a raw project with impeccable physical tools heading into the draft, he will be able to iron out some flaws in his game on the practice squad.