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Orrville native makes Chicago Bears’ practice squad

The Chicago Bears still believe in the future of offensive lineman LaChavious Simmons.

The Orrville native was cut by the Bears during Labor Day weekend.

Chicago, however, placed Simmons on its 16-man practice squad a day later.

The Chicago Tribune predicted that Simmons would get cut and make the practice squad.

Simmons, who played at Tennessee State, was selected by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the NFL Draft. Simmons was the 227th player selected overall.

The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Simmons can get activated on the Bears’ 53-man roster any time during the season.

Practice squad players earn considerably less than active squad players. Last year, the minimum salary for a practice squad player was $8,400 per week ($142,800 for 17 weeks). A rookie on a 53-man roster made $610,000 last season.

Simmons played for Selma High School coach Leroy Miles and graduated in 2015.