In a somewhat surprising move, the Bears released linebacker Mason Foster as part of their roster cuts Saturday to get down to the NFL-mandated 53 men, per a team release. The Bears signed Foster in the offseason, and he provided a veteran presence in a reserve role after starting 54 games for the Buccaneers. But he was apparently beaten out by fellow backer John Timu.
The Bears have signed linebacker Mason Foster on Tuesday, according to CSN Chicago. Foster, 26, was said to be deciding between the Bears and the Chargers. During his four seasons with the Buccaneers, he posted 343 total tackles, six sacks, 12 passes defensed, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Two of his three interceptions were returned for touchdowns.
Several injured Buccaneers have been placed on the inactive list for the Sunday game against New Orleans, including linebacker Mason Foster (Achilles). Also hurt and out are running back Robert Herron (hip), wide receiver Solomon Patton (foot) and cornerback Isaiah Frey (ankle). Their healthy scratches are tackle Anthony Collins, running back Mike James and defensive end George Uko.
Buccaneers linebacker Mason Foster has been given the thumbs-down for Sunday against New Orleans. It comes as no surprise - he was designated as doubtful with an Achilles injury.
The Buccaneers have declared five players as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints including Bobby Rainey (wrist), Solomon Patton (foot), Robert Herron (hip), Isaiah Frey (ankle) and Dashon Goldson (shoulder). Linebacker Mason Foster is considered doubtful with an Achilles injury after missing practice all this week. The Bucs are 4-point underdogs at home against the Saints in Week 17.