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Bears waive cornerback Kevin Toliver II, tight end Jesper Horsted

The Bears have waived two players who saw decent playing time in 2019.

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The Bears have begun trimming down their roster to reach the 53-man limit, and among notable cuts so far have been cornerback Kevin Toliver II and tight end Jesper Horsted.

Toliver, 24, was signed as an undrafted free agent out of LSU in 2018. He served as a key backup at cornerback over his two seasons with the Bears, stepping in as a starter on the boundary when Prince Amukamara missed a game last season. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune indicated on Saturday that Toliver could be a potential practice squad option, with the team potentially targeting a veteran option to back up Kyle Fuller and Jaylon Johnson.

Horsted was an undrafted free agent out of Princeton whom the Bears signed after the 2019 draft. Originally a wide receiver in college, the 23-year-old made the switch over to tight end due to his 6-foot-3, 237-pound frame. He was waived after the preseason last season but was brought back onto the practice squad. Horsted was promoted to the active roster on Nov. 20 after injuries at the tight end position saw the Bears run thin on talent. He started one game, catching eight passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. He most notably was the final player tackled in the Bears’ last-second lateral-heavy attempt to score a touchdown and defeat the Packers in Week 15.

Check out the latest updates on the Bears’ 53-man roster on our cut tracker.