Wide receiver Travis Brown has been released from the practice squad. The New Mexico product had been signed on Nov. 26 and the Bears at one point were carrying four wide receivers on the practice squad because injuries to Brandon Lloyd and Marty Booker, along with Devin Hester getting an occasional day off, had made it a necessity for practice.
Now, the Bears are down to two wideouts on the practice squad, Mike Hass and John Broussard. That depends how you count up the players, though. The club is listing Rudy Burgess, from Arizona State, as a cornerback. He can play both corner and wideout, and was originally announced as a receiver when he was signed Nov. 19.
That leaves one opening on the practice squad with a spot still to be filled on the 53-man roster. General manager Jerry Angelo is looking for special teams help to fill the roster spot that will be vacated when defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek (torn right biceps) is placed on injured reserve. The club failed in its effort to land Green Bay linebacker Spencer Havner, who was on the Packers' practice squad. Promoting Havner forced the Packers to place rookie cornerback Pat Lee on injured reserve to make room. Lee was nursing a knee injury and the hope was he would return in the next few weeks.