The Bears have had a couple of player report their own releases and they’ve had beat writers report a few more on Friday, but that didn’t stop them from getting in on the fun themselves.
The team officially announced 17 cuts, including the previously reported departures of players like tackle J’Marcus Webb and quarterback Trent Edwards. Nine of the players on the list had not previously been reported, however.
Running back Armando Allen, who carried the ball 42 times for the Bears over the last two seasons, and tight end Fendi Onobun, who drew some good reviews early in training camp, are two of the better known names on the list. Defensive lineman Aston Whiteside, defensive lineman Josh Williams, defensive lineman Christian Tupou, cornerback Demontre Hurst, guard Derek Dennis, running back Harvey Unga and long snapper Brandon Hartson round out the list of cuts.
Not on the list passed out by the Bears is safety Brandon Hardin, who is still expected to be waived but, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com, will be waived-injured with a fractured scapula. Tackle Cory Brandon is also reportedly set to be waived-injured, which would leave the team with just three moves to make to get to the 75-man limit.