This is one of the wildest weekends of the year for NFL personnel departments, and the Bears’ situation is further complicated by the fact that they have a short turnaround between the end of the preseason and the season opener Thursday against the Packers.
The first step is cutting the roster from 90 players to 53 by Saturday at 3 p.m. Then the Bears can make waiver claims, and anyone they pick up will require them to clear an additional roster spot by Sunday. Once that settles, they’ll assemble a 10-man practice squad.
Here’s a look at the confirmed cuts:
Saturday, 6:08 p.m.
The Bears waived two players with an injury designation: tight end Dax Raymond and guard Blake Blackmar.
Saturday, 6:05 p.m.
The Bears cut third-string quarterback Tyler Bray, who could bounce back to their practice squad.
Saturday, 6 p.m.
The Bears waived guard Alex bars, running back Josh Caldwell, offensive lineman Tommy Doles, tight end Jesper Horsted, cornerback Michael Joseph, safety Jonathaon Mincy, receiver Taquan Mizzell, tight end Ellis Richardson, outside linebacker James Vaughters, receiver Joe Walker and receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert.
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Offensive lineman Jordan McCray didn’t make the team. He Tweeted a thank-you to the Bears for the opportunity.
Saturday, 3:10 p.m.
Offensive lineman Sam Mustipher, an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame, was waived.
Saturday, 10:50 a.m.
The Bears have cut outside linebacker Kylie Fitts, a source said. They drafted him in the sixth round last year.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Running back Ryan Nall was cut by the Bears. If he goes unclaimed on waivers, he figures to bounce back to the team’s practice squad, where he spent last season. The fourth running back job seems to have gone to seventh-round pick Kerrith Whyte.
Saturday, 10:20 a.m.
Cornerback John Franklin III is being cut by the Bears, sources confirmed. He could land on the practice squad.
Saturday, 9:40 a.m.
Receiver Thomas Ives was cut, per his agency, OSMG. The Bears could look to bring the Hinsdale Central alum back onto the practice squad, should he clear waivers.
Saturday, 9:15 a.m.
Bears cornerback Stephen Denmark, a seventh-round pick who has been injured in the preseason, was cut, a source said.
Saturday, 9 a.m.
The Bears cut defensive tackle Jonathan Harris, a source said. Harris, a rookie, is hoping to stick around on their practice squad.
Saturday, 7:45 a.m.
Defensive end Jonathan Bullard is being released, a source confirmed. A third-round pick in 2016 out of Florida, Bullard starting five games and recorded two sacks in his Bears career. The team will save $820,000, per Overthecap.com.
Saturday, 7:40 a.m.
Long snapper John Wirtel has been cut after losing the job to Patrick Scales, sources said.
Friday, 8:15 p.m.
The Bears cut outside linebacker Chuck Harris, defensive end Jalen Dalton and nose tackle Daryle Banfield, per sources.
Friday, 7:45 p.m.
Rookie cornerback Clifton Duck made a strong run at a roster spot, but has been cut, a source said.
Friday, 7:35 p.m.
Receiver Marvin Hall will be waived, sources confirmed. He didn’t play in the preseason finale, and, as such, thought he’d made the team.
The Bears cut inside linebacker Jameer Thurman, a source said. He joined the team after two years in the CFL.
Friday, 7:20 p.m.
Tight end Ian Bunting was cut, sources said. The former Hinsdale Central, Michigan and Cal player impressed the Bears at Northwestern’s pro day as well as the team’s own local pro showcase. Coach Matt Nagy singled him out early in the preseason, saying he was impressed. The Bears figure to go with four tight ends: Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen Ben Braunecker and converted tackle Bradley Sowell. One source said that, surprisingly, converted Ivy League receiver Jesper Horsted seems ticketed for the practice squad.
Friday, 7:05 p.m.
Wide receiver Tanner Gentry is being cut, sources confirmed. He had three catches for 35 yards in 2017 and spent last year on the Bears’ practice squad.
Friday, 6:45 p.m.
Outside linebacker Matt Betts, an undrafted rookie from Canada, was cut, a source said.
Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Doyin Jibowu, an undrafted rookie cornerback out of Fort Hays State, was cut, a source said.
Friday, 6:05 p.m.
The Bears are cutting offensive tackle Joe Lowery, a rookie from Ohio, a source said.
Friday, 6 p.m.
Marquez Tucker, a rookie offensive lineman from Utah State, has been cut, sources said.
Bears’ cut list:
RB Ryan Nall
WR Tanner Gentry
WR Thomas Ives
WR Marvin Hall
TE Ian Bunting
OL Marquez Tucker
OL Joe Lowery
OL Sam Mustipher
OL Jordan McCray
NT Daryle Banfield
DT Jonathan Harris
DE Jalen Dalton
DE Jonathan Bullard
ILB Jameer Thurman
OLB Kylie Fitts
OLB Matt Betts
OLB Chuck Harris
CB John Franklin III
CB Doyin Jibowu
CB Stephen Denmark
CB Clifton Duck
LS John Wirtel