Bears waive local fave: Popular Jordan Lynch gets cut
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter August 29, 2014 11:24PM
Jordan Lynch had 18 yards on six carries Thursday night against the Browns in the preseason finale. | Tony Dejak/AP
Updated: August 30, 2014 2:14AM
The Jordan Lynch Experiment came to its expected conclusion Friday, when the Bears waived the former Northern Illinois star and terminated the contracts of four vested veterans.
Whether Lynch’s career as a Bear continues on the practice squad is a more complicated question.
A source told the Sun-Times the team did not give the 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist any assurances about joining the 10-man squad.
To be eligible, Lynch must not be claimed by another NFL team. Teams often wait until the last day — not, in Lynch’s case, Friday — to cut players they want to keep on their practice squad.
The former Mount Carmel standout and Mount Greenwood native moved from quarterback to running back when he signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent. He focused on special teams for the first time.
Lynch ran six times for 18 yards in the regular-season finale Thursday but didn’t take the field on offense until the fourth quarter. He did not play in the third preseason game and was limited to special teams in the second exhibition.
“I made the most of my opportunities,” Lynch said in Cleveland. “I got a ton of reps on special teams, and that’s something new to me. . . .
“I gave 100 percent in practice every day.”
Cornerback Kyle Fuller said his injured right ankle is getting better and anticipates practicing in full next week as the Bears prepare for their season opener.
The first-round pick practiced last week but didn’t play against the Browns.
He has participated in one play — the opening kickoff of the second exhibition — since the preseason opener.
“I’m trying to make sure I’ll be ready to go next week,” he said. “I’m ready to get the season started.”
This and that
The Bears terminated the contracts of four veterans: wide receiver Armanti Edwards, tight end Jeron Mastrud, offensive tackle Dennis Roland and guard Robert Turner.
The team must cut 17 more players by 3 p.m. Saturday.
◆ Quarterback Jordan Palmer was released by the Bills, five days after being cut by the Bears. On Thursday against the Lions, Palmer completed 9 of 22 attempts for 73 yards, threw three interceptions and was sacked twice. His passer rating was 10.4.
Jay Cutler said last week that he was concerned the Bears’ Week 1 opponent would pump Palmer for information.
◆ Two released offensive linemen seemingly cemented the roster fate of Michael Ola, the guard/tackle who figures to make the team after sitting out Thursday.
“I have no idea what the future holds,” he said, “but I’m very pleased with myself and how I handled myself this training camp.”
Contributing: Adam L. Jahns