The Bears will take their chances, at least for Sunday, with a depth chart having no true backup for left tackle Jermon Bushrod after they terminated the contract of tackle Jonathan Scott Tuesday night and re-signed tight end Kyle Adams after he had been waived on Monday.
Adams gives the Bears a roster with four tight ends after the Monday trade with Dallas for Dante Rosario, in addition to Martellus Bennett and Steve Maneri. Rosario was a longshot to be active for the opener against the Cincinnati Bengals given the short window of practices for acclimating into Marc Trestman’s offense.
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The roster also now lists the eight offensive linemen considered ideal by coordinator Aaron Kromer, with Eben Britton the swing tackle, James Brown backing up both guards, and Taylor Boggs in reserve at center. Britton played some left tackle during camp this year but has played only right tackle and guard in his career.
Scott practiced on Monday after missing preseason with a knee injury that required surgery. Had he been on the roster opening day, his salary as a vested veteran would have been guaranteed, and he could be re-signed assuming that he is not picked up by another NFL team.
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Scott indicated on Monday that the Bears had plans for him on their roster. He was initially signed to a two-year contract last Sept. 10, the day after the Bears opened the season against the Indianapolis Colts.
“This is my eighth year in the NFL so I understand there’s a business aspect to it,” Scott said on Monday. “It’s one of those things you can’t control but the thing I can control is what I do day in and day out. The situation I was in was I was injured and just try to get better.”