In anticipation of the Tuesday deadline for NFL teams to trim their roster down to 75 players, the Chicago Bears have begun making cuts to their roster this weekend.
The Bears informed running back Michael Ford on Saturday that he will be released before Tuesday.
Ford was a pre-season favorite for the Bears last season and that is what led to the running back making the team in 2013. Entering the 2014 season, Ford was competing to be the Bears backup running back as well as the team’s primary kick returner.
In terms of the being the team’s backup running back, Ford was facing an uphill battle against the likes of Ka’Deem Carey and Shaun Draughn. Draughn has emerged as the favorite to be the Bears backup running back this season and with Carey being the team’s 2014 fourth round draft pick, Ford was the odd man out.
In terms of being the Bears’ primary kick returner, Ford never had the opportunities that Micheal Spurlock and Senorise Perry have had this pre-season. The Bears have yet to identify their primary returner and it could be 2012’s leading returner in the NFL, Darius Reynaud.
The Bears also informed wide receiver Kofi Hughes of his release on Saturday afternoon as well.