Bears cut ties with LB Thomas amidst 'final' roster moves

Bears cut ties with LB Thomas amidst 'final' roster moves
August 31, 2013, 5:15 pm
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The Bears announced their final 53-man roster Saturday afternoon, though “final” is never really applicable to an NFL roster, even into the early weeks of the season.

The Bears cut ties with linebacker J.T. Thomas and wide receiver Terrence Toliver in addition to waiving tackle Corey Brandon and defensive tackle Corvey Irvin with injury settlements.

Also waived/injured was safety Brandon Hardin, able to be place on injured reserve because of no injury settlement. Hardin suffered a stinger in the Bears fourth preseason game against Cleveland.

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Thomas was the last regular-draft selection of former general manager Jerry Angelo, a linebacker taken in the sixth round of the 2011 draft out of West Virginia. He went on injured reserve with a back injury for that season but rebounded to play in all 16 games last season with six special-teams tackles.

He had a solid preseason, including a blocked punt at Oakland and a sack against Cleveland.

Toliver finished the preseason strong, with six catches in the Cleveland game in addition to three tackles on special teams. Toliver is a prime candidate for the Bears’ practice squad, with Brandon Marshall (hip) and Earl Bennett (concussion) dealing with injuries going into the season.

Keep up with Bears roster updates throughout the day with's Bears cuts tracker.