The Bears released receiver Victor Cruz on Saturday after he failed to rediscover the flair that made him a key part of a Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants.
Cruz was let go after seven seasons by the Giants in February. The Bears signed him three months later, hoping he would give them another option with Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.
Cruz was the most prominent player released as the Bears trimmed their roster to 53 on Saturday.
Chicago placed linebacker Lamarr Houston on injured reserve with a knee injury and activated linebacker Pernell McPhee, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in late July. Veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez made the cut.
Colts activate Luck, trade for Brissett: The Colts activated Andrew Luck from the physically unable to perform list and traded 2015 first-round draft Phillip Dorsett to the New England Patriots.
The moves came on a busy Saturday when the Colts trimmed their roster from 90 to 53 players.
Luck had been on PUP since late July, making him ineligible to practice. It's still unlikely he will play in next Sunday's season opener.
Dorsett was sent to the Patriots for backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
Veterans released included defensive tackles T.Y. McGill and David Parry, and linebackers Akeem Ayers and Sean Spence. Projected starting safety Clayton Geathers will open the season on PUP, as expected, and three players, including linebacker Edwin Jackson, went on injured reserve.
Browns cut Osweiler: The Browns have officially cut ties with quarterback Brock Osweiler.
Cleveland released Osweiler, but will have to pay him his $16 million contract. Osweiler came in a trade in March and was given a chance to win the starting job. He was beaten out by rookie DeShone Kizer. The Browns also landed some receiving help by acquiring Sammie Coates in a trade with the Steelers. Coates will give Kizer another deep threat to stretch defenses.
Packers release Callahan, Hill: The close competition for the Green Bay Packers' third-string quarterback job ended in an unfortunate tie for Joe Callahan and Taysom Hill.
They were among roster cuts and other moves announced by the team to get to the 53-man roster.
Two drafted rookie receivers were also released in DeAngelo Yancey (fifth round) and Malachi Dupre (seventh round). Another rookie from this year's draft class, linebacker Vince Biegel (fourth round), was placed on the physically unable to perform list after he missed training camp with a foot injury.
In a mild surprise, Green Bay elected to keep 10 offensive linemen. The Packers have a solid starting five protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, though the second-string line struggled at times in camp. Backup center Don Barclay missed much of the preseason with an ankle injury.
The team figures to make at least one more move to the active roster this weekend with the impending addition of free agent linebacker Ahmad Brooks. The veteran agreed to a one-year deal earlier in the week, though the team has not officially announced the signing.
The 33-year-old Brooks was released by the 49ers last week after recording 51 1/2 sacks over eight seasons in San Francisco.
Cutting Callahan and Hill shows how much confidence the Packers have in Brett Hundley, the top backup to Rodgers. Callahan and Hill each had their moments during the preseason. Hundley, entering his third season in the league, finished a solid camp by throwing and running for a touchdown in the preseason finale on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams.