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Defensive Lineman Ego Ferguson Released By Bears

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Ego Ferguson Released

The Chicago Bears are parting ways with defensive lineman Ego Ferguson. The team announced Friday that the former second round pick had been released.

While in high school, Ferguson was regarded as a four-star recruit by and ranked him the seventh-best defensive end prospect in the country.

At Louisiana State University, he red-shirted as a true freshman. He played as backup for two years before replacing Bennie Logan at right defensive tackle and earned honorable mention All-SEC honors. On January 3, 2014, he announced that he would be forgoing his senior year to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

Considered to be one of the best defensive tackle prospects going into the 2014 NFL Draft, he was selected with the 51st overall pick by the Bears and signed a four-year contract on May 13.

His NFL debut came against the Buffalo Bills, and he appeared in four games before he was placed on the injured reserve list for the first time.

Ferguson was suspended for four games due to his violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

During the Bears’ preseason finale, he sustained a shoulder injury which required season-ending surgery. He was again placed on the injured reserve list, causing him to miss the entire 2016 season.

Over the course of his three seasons in the NFL, Ferguson appeared in twenty games and made one start. He has recorded 36 tackles, two sacks, and 3 pass breakups.


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