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 veteran offensive lineman Dylan Gandy on Saturday that he will be released before Tuesday’s roster deadline.
The Bears signed Gandy shortly before the start of training camp. Gandy has spent the past five seasons with the Detroit Lions and is mostly served as a center and guard throughout his ten-year career in the NFL.
With injuries to Eben Britton, Jordan Mills, and Brian De La Puente, Gandy was likely signed to give the Bears’ added depth on the offensive line. During training camp, Michael Ola impressed the Bears coaches to a point where Gandy likely was not going to make the roster.
The Bears’ offensive line was among the healthiest units in all of football last season. Had it not been for Mills breaking his foot during warmups prior to the Bears’ week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers, the Bears would have started the same offensive line for the entirety of the 2013 season.
Mills and starting right guard Kyle Long have both dealt with injuries during the pre-season. Neither of the two second-year offensive linemen, however, are expected to miss the start of the regular season.
Cornerback Peyton Thomas and wide receiver Greg Herd were also among the cuts that the Bears made to their roster on Saturday.