The Bears will enter the regular season with two quarterbacks on their roster after reportedly deciding to part ways with veteran quarterback Josh McCown.
McCown, who started two games late last season and was in line to be the Bears' third-string quarterback behind Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell, was told Friday morning that he would be released before today's 8 p.m. deadline for final cuts, according to the Chicago Tribune.
On Thursday, McCown played all four quarters of the Bears' preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns. He fared well (20 for 29, 157 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) as the Bears won, 28-20, to finish the preseason with a 3-1 record.
However, something had to give with the Bears expected to carry two punters on their 53-man roster to start the regular season. Starting punter Adam Podlesh is sidelined by a hip flexor injury, and undrafted rookie Ryan Quigley has played the last two game in Podlesh's place.
Other notable cuts for the Bears reportedly will include rookie cornerback Greg McCoy and running back Armando Allen, who scored a touchdown Thursday but was locked in a tough battle with Lorenzo Booker for the third-string job behind Matt Forte and Michael Bush.
Meanwhile, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Bears traded fullback Tyler Clutts to the Houston Texans in exchange for cornerback Sherrick McManis. Clutts played well for the Bears last season but did not fit well into Mike Tice's new offense. Meanwhile, McManis is a 24-year-old Peoria native and Northwestern alum who provides depth in the secondary.
The Bears will be able to re-sign some of their released players to an eight-man practice squad starting this weekend.