With Earl Bennett missing all of preseason so far with a concussion, the roster door was left ajar for Devin Aromashodu, who has had more preseason snaps than any other Bears wide receiver.
He’d established some familiarity with quarterback Jay Cutler during a Bears stint two years ago and his 6-foot-2-inch size put him above, literally, most of the applicants for the nickel job in Bennett’s stead or the No. 4 when Bennett returned.
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When Corey Wootton was held out of the game at Carolina, veteran Kyle Moore started at defensive end with a chance to edge ahead of rookie Cornelius Washington. But Washington posted a sack, two hurries and a batted pass in the Oakland game while playing strong against the run while Moore struggled at the point.
That door closed abruptly on Sunday when Aromashodu, Moore, tight end Leonard Pope and Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski were among 14 roster cuts announced in advance of Tuesday’s mandatory cutdown day.
The Bears’ roster stands at 76 and needs to be at 75 or below by 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Other cuts include:
RB Curtis Brinkley
DT Eric Foster
OT A.J. Lindeman
C P.J. Lonergan
S Derrick Martin
TE Gabe Miller
DT Brent Russell
LB Patrick Trahan
P Tress Way
LB Lawrence Wilson
Zbikowski was a 2008 third-round draft choice of the Baltimore Ravens and signed to fortify special teams. He was unable to make an impact with that unit and was ranked as the sixth safety on the depth chart.
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Aromashodu caught two passes at Carolina and one at Oakland.
Roster adjustments will be continuing throughout the remainder of the preseason. Tight end Fendi Onobun and tackle J’Marcus Webb in particular struggled vs. Oakland.