Chester Taylor expected back with Bears ... for a few days

Chicago will not keep running back this season Brad Biggs

Print This August 30, 2011, 08:32 AM EST

Chester Taylor will reappear on the practice field for the Chicago Bears today – a little more than 24 hours after he drove out of Halas Hall assuming he was being released.

In a bizarre turn of circumstances, the Bears have not released Taylor – yet.

The Bears are believed to be trying to trade the 31-year-old running back that averaged 2.4 yards per carry last season. If they don’t find a taker, they will most certainly release him before Saturday’s final cuts in order to avoid paying his $1.25 million salary this season. He has been replaced on the depth chart by Marion Barber.

Taylor signed a $12.5 million, four-year contract last year. He earned $7 million in 2010.

The Bears held Taylor out of Saturday’s preseason game at Tennessee. He was upset so he sought out coach Lovie Smith for an explanation Monday morning.

I guess there was a little bit of a misunderstanding on what we talked about," Smith said after practice. "Chester Taylor is still a part of the team.

"If a player is released, I will tell him that, 'You're released, thank you.' That is not the case. I talked to him about what happened in the last game in a private conversation.

"As far as what is going to happen later on, we have cuts coming up. We'll let everyone know who is a part of it then, they'll know. I don't talk anymore than that. I talked about what happened the last game.

"He wanted to talk to me, but guys talk to me always. I'm the head football coach. Players who are wondering a little bit about what is going on, I want them to come up and talk with me. Thought we had a good conversation. I guess it didn't go exactly like I thought it did."

Maybe they can get the chat right by Saturday.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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