Josh Beekman went from veteran center Olin Kreutz's heir apparant to the best candidate to fill he vacancy at left guard to being released by the Bears.
That leaves veteran right guard Robert Garza to serve as the backup center. It also means Johan Asiata is likely to make the team at guard.
James Marten, the third-year player from Boston College who impressed at guard and tackle during the preseason, was also released, although the Bears will likely try to sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Tim Shaw is also expected to be released. The Bears' tried to trade the linebacker who set a team record with 30 special teams tackles last season despite playing in only 15 games but was unable to find a taker, according to sources.
More to come ...