At 9:00pm EST on August 31, 2012, all 32 NFL teams were forced have their active rosters cut down from 75 players to 53. During the NFL season, teams can’t have more than 53 players on their active roster, so unless the Bears believe any of the current 53 players are replaceable or when players get hurt and are forced to the IR, that is the only time the Bears will be able to add players to their active roster. However, if some of the cut players, such as Armando Allen, clear waivers, expect to see the Bears offer him a spot on their practice squad.
The two biggest surprise cuts were veteran quarterback Josh McCown, and the second year running back out of Notre Dame, Armando Allen. Although McCown isn’t going be able to lead the Bears to a Super Bowl is Cutler goes down, he is a very serviceable backup, but won’t be on the Bears this season. Armando Allen is a big surprise, he made the team last season after going undrafted and had a very impressive preseason game against the Browns. In his final preseason game, Allen had 83 yards on 16 carries, and added 51 yards via 5 receptions and even had a receiving touchdown. The Bears will likely add him to their practice squad if he isn’t claimed by one of the other 31 teams in the league.
In addition to QB Josh McCown, and RB Armando Allen, the Bears cut the following: LB Xavier Adibi, WR Joe Anderson, OT Cory Brandon, CB Cornelius Brown, OL James Brown, WR Terriun Crump, DE Chauncey Davis, WR Rashied Davis, CB Isaiah Frey, OT A.J. Greene, WR Brittan Golden, OL Ricky Henry, DB Mark LeGree, CB Greg McCoy, DT Jordan Miller, TE Brandon Venson, DE Aston Whiteside, LB Jabara Williams, and DB Jonathan Wilhite.