The Chicago Bears are down to needing to make one roster move to reach the 75-man limit by Tuesday afternoon.
The team cleared three spots today when quarterback Matt Gutierrez, wide receiver Zeke Markshausen and defensive end Maurice Evans were waived. The Bears signed Gutierrez as a camp arm after No. 2 quarterback Caleb Hanie suffered a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder in the preseason opener at San Diego Aug. 14. When veteran Todd Collins was added, that pretty much sealed Gutierrez’s fate, and Hanie returned to practice today on a limited basis.
The Bears will get another spot because running back Harvey Unga is on injured reserve. While being on IR counted for one of the spots for the 80-man roster, it will not count against the 75-man roster.
The fifth and final move could be placing fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou on injured reserve. He suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field. Stay tuned.
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