LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -The Chicago Bears released a pair of 2007 first-day draft picks Saturday when they made the final roster cut to 53 players.
Second-round draft pick Dan Bazuin, a defensive end from Central Michigan, and third-round pick Michael Okwo, a linebacker from Stanford, were cut.
Bazuin was the 30th pick last year but missed the season after injuring a knee during offseason workouts. Okwo went on injured reserve with a shoulder injury before the start of last season.
Wide receivers Mike Hass and Brandon Rideau, who spent most of last year on the practice squad and had impressed coaches in preseason games, were also released.
Fullback Lousaka Polite, a five-year veteran, and guard Anthony Oakley were the only players released after playing in more than one game last year.
back P.J. Pope, guard Tyler Reed and tight end Marcus Stone.
Baldwin, a seventh-round pick, was the only 2008 draft choice released Saturday.
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