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 Bear informed veteran running back Darius Reynaud that he will be released prior to the Tuesday deadline.
Reynaud signed with the Bears this past week and there was a hope that he could offer some assistance for the Bears in their return game. Reynaud was the NFL’s leading returner in 2012 and the Bears continue to search for Devin Hester‘s replacement.
Reynaud returned two punts for the Bears during their game against the Seattle Seahawks for a total of 40 yards.
With one pre-season game remaining, the Bears have yet to identify their primary returner. Micheal Spurlock and Senorise Perry have handled a majority of the return opportunities during the pre-season. Perry was impressive against the Seahawks as the running back netted a total of 51 return yards on 2 attempts.
Chris Williams has the speed to be the Bears’ primary returner but the former Canadian League standout has been hampered by a hamstring injury and has missed the Bears past two pre-season games. Williams could play on Thursday in the Bears’ pre-season finale against the Cleveland Browns.
In addition to Reynaud, offensive lineman Joe Long was also released by the Bears on Sunday.