The Bears announced they have signed seven players to the practice squad, leaving them one spot available.
The seven players: wide receiver Kris Adams, guard Ricky Henry, offensive tackle Levi Horn, defensive tackle Jordan Miller, tight end Andre Smith, linebacker Patrick Trahan and safety Anthony Walters.
The Bears still have to drop a player from their 53-man roster to make room for safety Brandon Meriweather. That puts rookie safety Winston Venable back on the bubble. It's a tough life trying to make an NFL team, and even tougher trying to stay on one.
Players are eligible for the practice squad if they do not have an accrued NFL season (six games on the roster); or have fewer than nine games on the active list over multiple accrued seasons. Players are limited to two seasons on the practice squad in most cases. The minimum salary is $5,700 per week ($96,900 per season). Players on the practice squad can be signed by other teams, but only to that team's 53-man roster, and for a minimum of three weeks.
Last year, the Bears wanted to put rookie quarterback Dan LeFevour on the practice squad, but he was claimed by the Cincinnati Bengals. LeFevour was cut by the Bengals on Saturday and signed to their practice squad Sunday.
Current Bears players on the 53-man roster who played on the practice squad: Israel Idonije, Zack Bowman, Kahlil Bell and Will Ta'ufo'ou.