Hardin was waived/injured and could be placed on injured reserve if he clears waivers, while Brandon and Irvin were waived with injury settlements.
|Brandon Hardin was chosen by the Bears in the third round of the 2012 draft.|
On his Twitter account, Hardin wrote: "It's not a journey without a few speed bumps and detours. Thanks for the support Bears fans. Trying to stay positive!"
Thomas was selected by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. After spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve, he appeared in all 16 games last year, primarily on special teams. The 6-1, 236-pounder made two impact plays in the preseason, blocking a punt against the Chargers and sacking Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer on a well-timed blitz.
Brandon joined the Bears in 2012, spending the first 15 weeks of the season on the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster Dec. 17, but did not play in the final two games. The 6-7, 324-pounder sustained a leg injury late in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Browns.
Irvin signed with the Bears in May. He has appeared in 18 games in three NFL seasons with the Panthers (2010), Jaguars (2011) and Buccaneers (2012), recording 11 tackles.
Toliver has spent time with the Texans (2011) and Lions (2012) without appearing in a regular-season game. He showed flashes in the preseason, catching seven passes for 63 yards.
The Bears kept nine rookies on their 53-man roster. All six draft picks made it (guard
The Bears kept one fullback (
The Bears can establish an eight-man practice squad on Sunday and also can claim players who've been waived by other NFL teams. In past seasons, the Bears have typically stocked their practice squad primarily with players they released during final cuts.
Here's a breakdown of the 53-man roster as it stands now (in alphabetical order):
Running backs (3):
Fullbacks (1): Tony Fiammetta
Wide receivers (6):
Tight ends (3): Kyle Adams, Martellus Bennett, Steve Maneri
Offensive linemen (9): Taylor Boggs, Eben Britton, James Brown,
Defensive linemen (9):
Cornerbacks (6): Zackary Bowman,
Safeties (4): Chris Conte, Craig Steltz, Anthony Walters, Major Wright