The Bears made three moves on Sunday, and a couple of the names were familiar.
The team announced that they had released quarterback BJ Walker, waived offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood and waived/injured offensive guard Gabe Howe.
Walker signed with the Bears in March after spending the previous three seasons with the Panthers. He appeared in 15 games with seven at Carolina, throwing for 1,461 yards with five touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 63.9 passer rating.
In three preseason games, Walker went 11-for-23 for 96 yards with 1 touchdown, 1 interception, and a 55.7 passer rating. His departure left three midfielders on the roster, starting with Justin Fields and backups Tyson Bagnett and Nathan Peterman.
The Raiders selected Leatherwood with the 17th overall pick in 2021. He started all 17 games as a starter before being waived this past August 31. Acquired by the Bears, he appeared in four games last season, seeing 32 snaps on offense and 11 on special teams.
Houy signed with the Bears this year as an undrafted free agent from the University of Pittsburgh. He was carted off the field in the second half of Saturday’s pre-season finals against the Bills.
The Bears roster is now 84, which leaves them with 31 more roster moves to reach the NFL’s mandatory 53-player limit by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.