Nine rookies made the Bears' 53-man roster Saturday, including five who were signed as undrafted free agents. But with only five linebackers on the roster after the Bears made their cutdown-to-53, a few of the bubble players who received good news Saturday will have to sweat out the next couple of days before celebrating.
There were no big surprises among the cuts. Tight end Dez Clark, a surprise addition to training camp after falling out of favor with the coaching staff last year, was cut. Running back Chester Taylor, figured to be on the bubble ever since the Bears signed Marion Barber early in camp, also was cut. Fourth-year defensive tackle Marcus Harrison was on the bubble after arriving in camp overweight and missing the first few days of practice. Linebacker J.T. Thomas, the only drafted rookie to not make the roster, was put on the reserve/injured list.
The five undrafted rookies to make the 53-man roster is the most since the 1970 merger and probably the most in team history: wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, defensive end Mario Addison, tight end/h-back Kyle Adams, linebacker Dom DeCicco and safety Winston Venable.
The drafted rookies to make it were offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, defensive tackle Stephen Paea, safety Chris Conte and quarterback Nathan Enderle.
Most of the players cut Saturday are prime candidates for the practice squad: wide receiver Kris Adams, guard Ricky Henry, tackle Levi Horn, running back Robert Hughes, defensive tackle Jordan Miller, tight end Andre Smith, linebacker Patrick Trahan and safety Anthony Walters.
The Bears can name their eight-man practice squad Sunday.