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By PFW staff

Updated 2:52 p.m. ET, Monday, Aug. 29

RB Chester Taylor was apparently told by Bears management on Monday morning that he was no longer part of the team's plans, then informed in the afternoon that he was still on the roster.

A report by the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday stated the Bears had released the running back, whom they'd signed to a four-year contract in 2010. Taylor struggled last season in Chicago, gaining just 2.4 yards per carry, and the Bears had added veteran RB Marion Barber this offseason to be the No. 2 back.

Taylor's agent, Ken Sarnoff, tweeted on Monday afternoon "Lovie Smith told Chester Taylor this morning that he Is being released. Chester thanks the Bears and their fans and wishes them well."

Twenty-five minutes after that, Sarnoff tweeted "Here's a first for me — the Bears just called me and said they have NOT released Chester. He did talk with Lovie though … misunderstanding?" He then added the veteran runner was on his way back to the team's practice facility.

Taylor, who turns 32 in September, did not see the field in Chicago's third preseason game last Saturday night.

The way we see it

The writing has been on the wall ever since the Bears signed Barber that Taylor was no longer part of their plans, and his lack of playing time in the preseason games verified that.

Monday's confusing turn of events might mean that the Bears have worked out a trade with a RB-needy team and don't want to let Taylor go for nothing. It is bizarre, however, for a head coach to tell a player he has been let go, then have the team change its mind just a few minutes later.


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