The Bears waived or released eight players: running back Michael Ford, receivers Greg Herd and Kofi Hughes, offensive tackle Joe Long, cornerbacks Peyton Thompson and Derricus Purdy, defensive tackle Nate Collins, guard/center Dylan Gandy and safety Adrian Wilson.
The Bears announced Sunday night that defensive tackle Nate Collins and quarterback Jordan Palmer will be back with the team in 2014, reports the Chicago Tribune. Both have signed one-year deals. Collins, 26, played in five games for the Bears last season, credited by team stats with 13 tackles and a sack before suffering a season-ending ACL tear in a Week 5 home loss to the Saints. Palmer spent training camp with the Bears in 2013, was released before the start of the regular season but then rejoined the club in late-October after starting quarterback Jay Cutler tore a groin muscle. Palmer remained on the roster through season's end but did not see action in any of the team's final nine games. He could be No. 2 behind Cutler this season if Josh McCown leaves as a free agent.
The Bears placed defensive tackle Nate Collins on injured reserve with a torn ACL and promoted defensive tackle Christian Tupou from the practice squad to the active roster.
Bears coach Marc Trestman announced Monday defensive tackle Nate Collins will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL Week 5 vs. New Orleans. Collins had a career-high 14 tackles and one sack through five games.
Bears DT Nate Collins will not return Week 5 against the Saints. Collins took a shot to the knee, and was initially ruled questionable. After being examined in the locker room, it was determined Collins would not return.