The Bears’ 2013 roster is set for now as they pay attention to final cuts from the 31 other NFL teams. They can officially establish their practice squad of eight players by 12 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The players included in final cuts were: safety Brandon Hardin, tackle Cory Brandon, wide receiver Terrance Toliver, linebacker J.T. Thomas and defensive tackle Corvey Irvin.
Hardin and Brandon both suffered injuries in the preseason finale and will be waived with an injury settlement.
Irvin, suffered an ankle injury in Week Two of the preseason and was officially waived with an injury settlement on Saturday. The 28-year old Georgia product made two tackles in two preseason games.
Thomas, was selected by the Bears in the sixth-round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of West Virginia. He appeared in all 16 games in 2012 playing exclusively on special teams. He made five tackles, one sack and blocked a punt this preseason.
Toliver, 25 went undrafted out of Lousiana State in 2011. He made seven catches for 83 yards this preseason. The big 6’5″ receiver certainly has a chance to land elsewhere because of his athletic ability.
Toliver is among a group of young players who have a chance to be brought back to the Bears via the practice squad. Guard Derek Dennis, defensive end Aston Whiteside, cornerback Demontre Hurst and tight end Fendi Onobun should all be considered possibilities to be a part of the developmental squad come Sunday afternoon.
QB (2): Jay Cutler, Josh McCown
RB (3): Matt Forte, Michael Bush, Michael Ford
FB (1): Tony Fiammetta
WR (6): Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Earl Bennett, Joe Anderson, Marquess Wilson, Eric Weems
TE (3): Martellus Bennett, Steve Maneri, Kyle Adams
OL (9): Jermon Bushrod, Matt Slauson, Roberto Garza, Kyle Long, Jordan Mills, James Brown, Eben Britton, Jonathan Scott, Taylor Boggs
DE (5): Julius Peppers, Corey Wootton, Shea McClellin, Cornelius Washington, Cheta Ozougwu
DT (4): Henry Melton, Stephen Paea, Nate Collins, Zach Minter
LB (6): Lance Briggs, James Anderson, Jon Bostic, D.J. Williams, Khaseem Greene, Blake Costanzo
CB (6): Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, Zack Bowman, Isaiah Frey, Sherrick McManis, C.J. Wilson
S (4): Major Wright, Chris Conte, Craig Steltz, Anthony Walters
ST (4): Robbie Gould, Adam Podlesh, Pat Mannelly, Devin Hester