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Braunecker elevated to active roster

Posted Oct 1, 2016

The Bears on Saturday promoted rookie tight end Ben Braunecker from the practice squad to the active roster and waived defensive lineman C.J. Wilson.

The Bears on Saturday promoted rookie tight end Ben Braunecker from the practice squad to the active roster and waived defensive lineman C.J. Wilson.

Ben Braunecker
Rookie tight end Ben Braunecker was promoted to the Bears active roster on Saturday.

Braunecker signed with the Bears this year as an undrafted free agent from Harvard. He was named first-team All-Ivy League last season after catching 48 passes for 850 yards and eight touchdowns and topping 100 yards in four of his final six games. Braunecker spent the first three weeks of the regular season on the Bears practice squad.

Wilson signed with the Bears on Tuesday. He has appeared in 78 games with 19 starts over six seasons with the Packers (2010-13), Raiders (2014-15) and Lions (2015), recording 111 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 15 tackles-for-loss. He has also played in eight playoff games—including a win in Super Bowl XLV with Green Bay—registering 17 tackles and one sack. Wilson was selected by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2010 draft out of East Carolina.