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Bears Release Dane Sanzenbacher

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Former Ohio State Buckeye Dane Sanzenbacher became an instant fan-favorite with Chicago Bears fans. Last season, he even showed some promise catching 27 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. However, after a key dropped pass last season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sanzenbacher’s playing time became greatly reduced (and if those of you that can remember the look he received from Jay Cutler, you’ll understand why).

Going into this year’s training camp, Sanzenbacher fought off some competition and made the 53-man roster. However, he was only active for four games and saw two passes (one reception) against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sanzenbacher wasn’t much help on special teams either. It was only a matter of time before something had to give. That day came today.

With injuries up-and-down the roster, the Bears need to free up valuable  spots for players that can help the team. There’s a possibility the Bears will need to add another running back and safety with injuries to Matt Forte and Chris Conte, so a seldom-used wide receiver wasn’t in the cards. Despite being released, there’s no telling whether or not Sanzenbacher will return to the Bears. This team has been known to bring back players after making other roster moves.

In other team news, the Bears extended the contract of long-snapper Patrick Mannelly through 2013. The 14-year veteran is considered one of the best of all-time. Considering he’s coming off of reconstructive knee surgery this season, he hasn’t missed a beat.

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