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How many QBs will make final roster?


Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on

How many quarterbacks do you think the Bears will keep on their 53-man roster?

Nick H.
Downers Grove, Illinois

It will be interesting to see whether the Bears keep a third quarterback on their roster behind starter Jay Cutler and backup Jimmy Clausen. I think it may hinge on whether Clausen is completely recovered from the concussion he suffered in a preseason loss to Bengals in Cincinnati. If there's any question about his availability for the season opener versus the Packers, the Bears seemingly would have to hang onto a third quarterback. They may actually do so anyway, but then the question becomes whether they would keep the recently-acquired Zac Dysert or second-year pro David Fales. Dysert played for coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase with the Broncos the past two seasons.

Why do the Bears always play the Browns in their final preseason game?

Will D.
Muscatine, Iowa

The NFL schedules the entire preseason slate with the exception of the final week. Those games are set up by the individual teams and the Bears and Browns have agreed to meet in that contest every year. By the way, this season will is the 12th straight time they're playing each other in the preseason finale with the Browns holding a 6-5 edge.

Does Senorise Perry's injury open the door for Ka'Deem Carey to make the final roster?

Steve C.

I think it very well could. Kyle Long, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jeremy Langford are listed in the top three spots on the depth chart at running back—and Senorise Perry figured to be the fourth due to his value as a kick returner and special-teams player—he led the Bears with 17 special-teams tackles last season. With Perry on injured reserve with a foot injury, it opens the door as you mentioned for Ka'Deem Carey, who I think will make the team only if he shows he can contribute on special teams and help some of the void left by Perry's injury.