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Bears waive Napoleon Maxwell, activate Artavis Pierce

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The Chicago Bears have announced a roster shuffle at the running back position.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 02 UMass at FIU Photo by Samuel Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Sunday the Chicago Bears announced that they have waived undrafted free agent running back Napoleon Maxwell and they have activated running back Artavis Pierce from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

This transaction takes the Bears to the mandated 80-man roster limit.

They have two players currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list, John Jenkins and Eric Saubert, and one player on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list, Tre Roberson. Once Jenkins and Saubert are cleared from quarantine the Bears will need to make an accommodating roster move.

Maxwell ran for over 2,000 yards at FIU from 2014 to 2019 — he missed two years with a knee injury during his time in college — and he averaged 5.3 yards per carry, with 30 receptions, and 23 total touchdowns.

Pierce was a UDFA pickup by the Bears this offseason from Oregon State, and with Maxwell gone, he’s just one of four running backs remaining on the current roster along with holdovers David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, and Ryan Nall.

We took a closer look at Pierce’s time with the Beavers when we spoke with Building The Dam, the SB Nation site that covers Oregon State, in this Q&A right here.


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