The Bears must make one more roster move by 3 p.m. Tuesday to reach the NFL limit of 75 players and the final spot could come from quarterback Matt Blanchard. The second-year player from Wis.-Whitewater suffered a fractured knuckle on his left non-throwing hand in the second exhibition game and the team could clear the spot with Blanchard by reaching an injury settlement. The Bears were pleased with the development of the undrafted free agent from a year ago during the offseason but the injury which occurred when he was sacked on a botched screen pass against the Chargers complicated matters. The team might have been aiming to move Blanchard to the practice squad after final cuts but now that he is injured Blanchard can seek a settlement from the team commensurate to the number of weeks he is expected to miss. If the team reaches a settlement with Blanchard he would not be eligible to re-join the team until after Week 10. That would create the possibility Blanchard could sign with another team after he is healthy and the time frame for the settlement is complete. Jordan Palmer will start Thursday night against the Browns at Soldier Field and Trent Edwards is expected to relieve him. The Bears could release both Palmer and Edwards at final cuts and one or both could still be on the street in the event a need came up during the season. In that event the team would have a veteran with a working knowledge of Marc Trestman's offense. Starter Jay Cutler and backup Josh McCown will not play against Cleveland.
Blanchard could be next Bear to go
Chicago Tribune | Aug 27