The Bears released linebacker Jerrell Freeman, who in October was busted for his second violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy in a calendar year, sources confirmed Tuesday.

A defensive captain, Freeman tore his chest muscle on the first defensive play of the Bears’ season opener and went on injured reserve. His 10-game suspension, announced Oct. 30, signaled the likely end of his Bears career. His next positive test results in a two-year ban.

“I hate to say I’m sorry again, but I am sorry,” Freeman wrote shortly after his October suspension. “I’ve been on IR all year, and you try and stay out of sight, but sorry for the distraction.

“I had been lying to friends, family and loved ones when it comes to the question of, ‘Are you OK?’ Knowing my career may be over due [to]everything that came with the head injury [that’s been purposely downplayed by me], memory loss and all, has actually been a bit of a struggle.