The Chicago Bears have whittled their offseason roster down to the mandated 80-man limit by making the following moves.
- Offensive lineman Badara Traore was waived
- Offensive lineman Dareuan Parker was waived
- Running back CJ Marable was waived
- Defensive lineman Mike Pennel was placed on injured reserve
- Safety Jordan Lucas was placed on injured reserve.
All but that first move was reported by Brad Biggs via his Twitter.
With Lucas and Pennell heading to IR now, that means they’ll both miss the entire season. Only players placed on IR after the 53-man roster is set are eligible to be designated for a return.
Marabel being waived could come as a surprise to some, as he seemed destined to be a final cut and member of the practice squad, but the versatility of Ryan Nall could be what gives him a bottom of the depth chart advantage. Nall, besides playing all the special teams, also has been practicing as the long snapper with Patrick Scales out.
The Bears will play one more preseason game this Saturday against the Tennessee Titans, and then by Tuesday, August 31, they’ll need to get their roster down to 53 players for the regular season. They’ll be able to start adding to their 16-man practice squad the following day, and there will likley be some players heading to various reserve lists too.
Also in case you missed it, yesterday the Bears waived linebacker Ledarius Mack from their injured reserve list with an injury settlement.