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Armando Allen promoted to Bears 53-man roster

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Running back Armando Allen, who lost a battle with Lorenzo Booker last week, is expected to be promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Booker has missed practice this week, after suffering a head injury in the preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns Aug. 30. He's officially listed as questionable, which means he's 50-50 to play.

Allen had a strong preseason, particularly against the Browns, but Booker may have edged him out because he's a little more versatile on special teams.

The Bears will need to make a corresponding roster move, and linebacker Patrick Trahan could be the odd man out. But, with punter Adam Podlesh expected to play Sunday -- he's currently listed as probable -- the Bears won't carry rookie punter Ryan Quigley much longer. Quigley, though, could stick around through the Colts game, as insurance for Podlesh.

"It would be a loss [to not have Booker], but we have at those positions, you try to have a lot of players. Not a lot, but a few who can do some of the same things," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "And we feel we have a couple of guys who can do the same things."

UPDATE: Bears announced Saturday afternoon that Allen was promoted from the practice squad, Booker's contract was terminated and Trahan was waived.

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What happens when Nick Collins gets back?

I thought Trahan would be dropped then?

I figured Trahan would be this year's Tim Shaw, but apparently not. The team will have 2 roster spots for Collins once Podlesh is ok, since they will drop Quigley. Maybe they have some other ideas in mind, like a safety or corner to add some depth after week 1, when they won't have to guarantee a salary.

I get the Allen move, but it makes zero sense to drop Trahan before the game, especially since anyone they add will not be ready to play tomorrow.

But it is possible that there are other issues related to the Trahan move that are not related to on-field performance.

Booker put on IR. I assume he's not going to get the "on IR with an option to come back after 8 weeks."

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