C.J. Wilson’s dream of playing in the NFL is getting closer to becoming reality.
The Chicago Bears on Sunday cut 14 players and Wilson, a Lincolnton native, wasn’t one of them, the Bears reported on their website.
Chicago must cut one more player by 3 p.m. Tuesday to get to the league’s 75-player limit heading into the final preseason game. Its final cut will come before the 5 p.m. Saturday deadline when its roster must be trimmed down to the regular-season limit of 53.
Wilson had four tackles and an interception in the Bears’ 34-26 win at Oakland on Friday. The undrafted free agent out of N.C. State and 2008 graduate of Lincolnton High had two solo tackles and assisted on two others. He is third on the team with 10 total tackles in three preseason games.
Chicago (2-1) wraps up the preseason when it hosts Cleveland on Thursday. Its first regular season game will be at home on Sept. 8 against Cincinnati.
WEST LINCOLN 5, CHERRYVILLE 0: At West Lincoln, the Rebels won a non-conference match against the Ironmen on Thursday.
Ivan Cavillo scored three goals, Omar Cavillo scored a goal and Juan Quintero scored a goal. Kaylor Garcia had an assist. Ivan Cavillo and Omar Cavillo converted penalty kicks.
Walker Boyles had seven saves in the 80-minute shutout.
The Rebels (2-0) host North Lincoln on Sept. 5.
EAST LINCOLN 3, WEST CALDWELL 0: At East Lincoln, the Mustangs won their season and Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference opener. Set scores were 25-8, 25-19 and 25-13.
Taylor Wilson had nine aces for East Lincoln (1-0, 1-0), which travels to Maiden on Tuesday.
SOUTH IREDELL 3, NORTH LINCOLN 0: At South Iredell, the Knights fell in their North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference opener. Set scores were 25-16, 25-7 and 25-17.
Liza Sipe and Lyndsi Pound had six kills each, Courtney Trickle had nine assists, Tressa Amico had eight blocks and Olivia Loeffler had eight digs.
North Lincoln (2-1, 0-1) travels to Alexander Central on Tuesday.
WEST LINCOLN 8, BURNS 1: Singles — 1. Olivia Godfrey (WL) d. Candace Gold 6-2, 6-1; 2. Skylar Greer (WL) d. Laura Lineberger 6-0, 6-1; 3. Lily Rollins (WL) d. Brittany McMurray 6-1, 6-0; 4. Bryanna Powell (WL) d. Haley Queen 6-1, 6-1; 5. Kylee Leonhardt (WL) d. Bailey Cantrell 6-0, 6-0; 6. Brittany Heavner (WL) d. Abrey Edwards 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles — 1. Rollins-Powell (WL) d. Gold-McMurray 9-7; 2. Leonhardt-Heavner d. Lineberger-Cantrell 8-2; 3. Queen-Edwards (B) d. Mailee Weaver-Taylor McCumber 8-6.
Records: WL 2-0, at Fred T. Foard on Tuesday.