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Bears waive Tre Roberson

The Bears waived cornerback Tre Roberson with a non-football injury, according to the NFL transactions report.

106th Grey Cup Championship Game
Tre Roberson celebrates an interception as a member of the Calgary Stampeders.
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The Bears waived cornerback Tre Roberson with a non-football injury Tuesday. Sources said he was hurt while training in anticipation of the season.

In January, the Bears signed Roberson, a onetime Illinois State quarterback who later switched positions, after he emerged as a Canadian Football League standout. An undrafted free agent with the Vikings in 2016, he spent two years with the Calgary Stampeders, for whom he posted 10 interceptions and 95 tackles. He won the Grey Cup, the CFL’s Super Bowl, in 2018.

The Bears later signed Artie Burns and drafted Jaylon Johnson to challenge for the starting job. Johnson, a second-round pick from Utah, is the favorite.

Time to talk

General manager Ryan Pace, coach Matt Nagy and head athletic trainer Andre Tucker will hold a news conference Wednesday via Zoom to discuss the start of training camp and the medical measures taken to try to ensure player safety. Tucker is the Bears’ Infection Control Officer.

Bears veterans, who are taking coronavirus tests and can participate in virtual meetings, will begin training camp with a strength and conditioning ramp-up. NFL teams are scheduled to begin practices Aug. 17.

Rodgers in blue?

In the first episode of the “10 questions with Kyle Brandt” podcast, which will run Aug. 12 but was teased Tuesday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sounded resigned to the fact he might not finish his career with the team. The Packers drafted Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in April.

Brandt, an NFL Network host and Stevenson High School alum, asked Rodgers how he’d look in a Bears uniform. Rodgers laughed.

“Oh, man,” Rodgers said. “That’s a tough thought right there, man.”

Former Bears to coach

Former Bears John Timu and Henry Burris joined the team as Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellows for training camp. Timu, who played for the Bears in 2015-17, will be a graduate assistant for defense. Burris — who played for the Bears in 2002 and became a first-ballot Canadian Football League Hall of Famer in 2020 — will be an analyst.