Bears trim to 81, cutting Nate Collins

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With the third preseason game in the books, the Bears have bounced nine players from the roster.

As expected, veteran safety Adrian Wilson has been cut.  Veteran defensive tackle Nate Collins and offensive lineman Dylan Gandy also were released.  Placed on waivers were running back Michael Ford, receiver Greg Herd, receiver Kofi Hughes, tackle Joe Long, cornerback Derricus Purdy, and cornerback Peyton Thompson.

Collins appeared in 14 games with two starts since 2012.  He tore an ACL last October.  With veteran Jeremiah Ratliff and rookies Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton in the fold, Collins was expendable. Ford appeared in 12 games last season after earning a roster spot via the undrafted free agency route.  As pointed out by Larry Mayer of the team’s official website, coach Marc Trestman said last week that Ford had slipped behind Shaun Draughn and rookie Ka’Deem Carey.

With the roster now at 81, the Bears must make six more moves before 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, when all teams must be at 75 players on the roster.  By Saturday, the rosters will move to 53.