Bears sign pass rusher after cutting preseason standout and veteran RB.


Bears sign pass rusher after cutting preseason standout and veteran RB.

At the halfway point of the season, the Chicago Bears are making some roster changes.

According to the NFL waiver wire, the Bears added veteran defensive end Cassius Marsh to the practice squad and released two players.

Chicago cut veteran running back Chris Thompson’s practice squad contract and waived linebacker Sam Kamara, a preseason star who shocked some by making the team’s practice squad before being promoted to the 53-man roster early this season. Kamara, an undrafted free agent out of Stony Brook, was one of the team’s more upbeat preseason tales, establishing himself as an underdog with promise.

Kamara had six total tackles (four solo, one for loss), a sack, and three quarterback hits in three preseason games. He played in three games for the Bears this season, registering two pressures, two hurries, and a tackle, earning him a Pro Football Focus run defense grade of 68.8. He can also play both on the outside and inside of the line, giving him some versatility.

Although it’s only speculation at this moment, Kamara’s departure could signal the return of Khalil Mack, who was injured in Chicago’s Week 8 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

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Cassius Marsh: Facts and Figures

Marsh is a journeyman who was drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2014. Before being traded to New England immediately before the 2017 season, he spent his first three seasons with Seattle. Marsh “had a fuss over playing time at halftime” during a game that year, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, and the Pats presumably terminated him shortly after.

Marsh has also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Pittsburgh Steelers after being discarded by the New England Patriots. In 92 games, the 6-foot-4, 254-pound DE has 175 total stops (128 solo, 25 for loss), 29 quarterback hits, five forced fumbles, and 14.0 sacks over his seven-year career (nine starts).

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