With Markus Wheaton set to return, Bears waive WR Gentry

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago Bears wide receiver Tanner Gentry, here catching a pass against Tampa Bay on Sunday, was waived by the team on Tuesday.

    Chicago Bears wide receiver Tanner Gentry, here catching a pass against Tampa Bay on Sunday, was waived by the team on Tuesday. Associated Press

  • Chicago Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton could be cleared to play on Sunday against Pittsburgh.

    Chicago Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton could be cleared to play on Sunday against Pittsburgh. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 9/19/2017 3:52 PM

The Bears waived wide receiver Tanner Gentry, promoted safety DeAndre Houston-Carson from the practice squad to the active roster, and signed defensive lineman Mike Purcell to the practice squad.

Gentry, who was originally signed by the Bears in May as an undrafted rookie free agent, had 2 catches for 27 yards in his NFL debut in Sunday's 29-7 loss to the Buccaneers in Tampa.

 

Waiving him is an indication the Bears expect veteran wide receiver Markus Wheaton back this week following preseason surgery on a fractured pinkie. If Gentry clears waivers, he will be re-signed to the team's practice squad, where he spent Week One.

Houston-Carson played in eight games on special teams last season. He was a sixth-round draft pick (185th overall) out of William & Mary.

Purcell, a 6-foot-3, 328-pound nose tackle, was recently waived by the Rams. The three-year veteran played in 15 games and started five for the San Francisco 49ers, who signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2013 out of Wyoming.

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