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Bears release OL Chris Williams

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The Chicago Bears cut offensive lineman Chris Williams, the team announced Tuesday. Williams appeared in three games this season but hadn't made a start.

Since he was the 14th overall draft pick by the Bears in 2008, Williams made 38 starts among his 50 game appearances. He started at left guard 20 times, at right tackle 11 times and at left tackle seven times.

According to ESPN, Williams will receive the balance of his $1 million salary for 2012 as a vested veteran.

The Bears replaced him on the roster by signing cornerback Zack Bowman to a one-year deal.

Bowman was also a product of the Bears' 2008 draft, selected in the fifth round. He played 46 games, with 16 starts, from 2008-11 with Chicago, and he had seven interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

He spent the preseason this year with the Vikings but didn't make Minnesota's roster out of training camp.

The Bears also released defensive end Aston Whiteside from their practice squad.

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