The competition between Rashied Davis and Dane Sanzenbacher for a spot on the Chicago Bears' 53-man roster has ended: Davis told the Tribune he was released Wednesday morning.
The Bears had not announced the move, but Davis suffered an undisclosed injury and did not practice Tuesday.
Brandon Marshall, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Alshon Jeffery and Eric Weems locks to make the roster, it appeared to come down to Sanzenbacher or Davis for that sixth receiver spot.
Davis, who was signed late during training camp, had experience on his side in terms of his previous play on special teams, but Sanzenbacher showed great progress on special teams throughout the preseason. Not to mention quarterback Jay Cutler has publicly lobbied for Sanzenbacher to stick.
Sanzenbacher, a former undrafted player from Ohio State, caught 27 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie last season.
The 33-year-old Davis, who played for the Detroit Lions last season, felt he was a little behind after joining the team late. He also was accustomed to playing the slot on offense and only lined up outside in the previous exhibition games.
The Bears have to shave their roster to 53 Friday evening, and their roster would stand at 74 after the Davis move is announced.
The Bears started Week 1 of last season with six receivers on the 53-man roster and one other on the practice squad.
The Bears also re-signed WR Terriun Crump and waived/injured LB Dom DeCicco.
Crump, an undrafted rookie from Western Illinois, had one reception for six yards this preseason. He was waived on Sunday.