One of the comforting things for Dan Bazuin right now is the knowledge that he was not told his career with the Bears is over because his best football was not good enough.
Bazuin was told he will be let go because he has yet to fully recover from two surgeries on his left knee last year.
"I some ways I saw it coming," Bazuin told the Sun-Times this afternoon after the second-round pick from 2007 was informed he will be placed on waivers. "But it's really a surprise when you actually get the announcment that you're going to be released."
Bazuin went to Halas Hall Friday morning, reporting as he always does the day following games and was brought to coach Lovie Smith's office.
"He said he still thinks I am a great player," Bazuin said. "He said there are a lot of circumstances that have changed since I was drafted. He told me not to get too down on myself because he sees me being a player in this league."
The defensive end was initially injured during rookie minicamp the weekend after the Bears made him the 62nd overall draft pick. He had surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee and then went back for more surgery in September after he had been placed on season-ending injured reserve.
"I never claimed to be 100 percent," Bazuin said. "I was just trying to improve and become a better player. The closest I felt to 100 percent was before training camp starter. Then after the first week I started feeling some of the same symptoms again.
"This isn't the end of my NFL career."