Oct 22, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden (24) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears won 13-7. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Release Cornerback Kelvin Hayden

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In anticipation of finalizing their 53-man roster, the Chicago Bears have been making roster moves over the course of the past 48 hours.

In continuing their efforts, the Bears informed veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden of his release on Saturday afternoon.

Hayden’s release comes as a minor surprise.

While Hayden has struggled in the pre-season and does have a history with injuries, the belief was that the veteran would make the Bears roster based off his pedigree.

Hayden entered training camp in 2013 with the expectation of being the Bears’ starting nickel cornerback. Instead, the veteran cornerback suffered an injury during training camp that forced the former Indianapolis Colts’ cornerback to miss the entire 2013 season.

Entering the 2014 season, Hayden was believed to be the fourth cornerback on the Bears’ depth chart behind veterans Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, and rookie Kyle Fuller.

With Hayden’s release, the belief is that Sherrick McManis will now serve as the Bears’ fourth cornerback this season. McManis also is a valuable player for the Bears on special teams.

Cornerback Demontre Hurst could stand to benefit from Hayden’s release and make the Bears’ 53-man roster.

In addition to Hayden, the Bears announced that wide receiver Josh Bellamy has been placed on waivers.

The Bears have until 3 p.m. on Saturday to make their final five roster moves before setting their 53-man roster.

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