Cornelius Washington sacks Raiders quarterback Matthew McGloin during the fourth quarter of their preseason game Friday. Washington is a top contender to be kept as one of the team's defensive ends.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater (80) catches a pass over Chicago Bears cornerback C.J. Wilson (39) during the third quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Friday. Wilson is in a battle with Demontre Hurst and Sherrick McManis for a roster spot.
Armando Allen (25) runs against the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter of a preseason game last year. Allen is trying to hold off rookie Michael Ford for a spot on this year's Bears roster.
Rookie running back Michael Ford has impressed this preseason and could go a long way in securing a roster spot with a big game Thursday in the Bears' final preseason game.
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To the handful of players fighting for their professional lives, Thursday nightís fourth and final preseason game is anything but meaningless. Roster spots are still up for grabs.