Chicago Bears Waive Special Teams Player Brian Iwuh

BOURBONNAIS, IL - AUGUST 06: Brian Iwuh #52 of the Chicago Bears walks to a summer training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University on August 6, 2011 in Bourbonnais, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago Bears waived linebacker and special teams player Brian Iwuh today in a somewhat unexpected move.

For a long time, high-quality special teams play has been a cornerstone of Chicago Bears football, but today the Chicago Bears decided to waive linebacker and special teams specialist Brian Iwuh. Iwuh, a sixth-year linebacker out of Colorado, is currently the team's leader in special teams tackles.

Iwuh suffered a minor hamstring injury while playing with Chicago against the Oakland Raiders last week, but it wasn't expected to keep him off the field for long. At this point, it's not entirely clear why the Bears decided to waive Iwuh from their roster during his second season with the team. According to this report from ESPN Chicago, sources told Michael C. Wright that the team had actually been considering a contract extension for Iwuh as recently as last week.

Before joining the Bears last year, Iwuh had spent four years playing with the Jacksonville Jaguars in a similar role.

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