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Chester Taylor talks about not playing Saturday night

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Based on the week, Bears running back Chester Taylor figured he'd play against the Tennessee Titans.

Yet he spent the evening, in uniform, watching the game as Matt Forte, Marion Barber, Kahlil Bell and even undrafted rookie Robert Hughes got snaps at his position.

"It's not like it's the regular season," Taylor said. "But I practiced all week, thinking I'm going to play today. So, they could have gave me the heads up sooner.

"But, I'm a professional, and I handled it."

Bears coach Lovie Smith downplayed Taylor's DNP.

"That meant that we wanted to take a look at someone else tonight, in particular Kahlil Bell," Smith said. "Kahlil hadn't gotten an opportunity to play that much. We wanted to get a good look at him and we were able to. And I think he did a good job of taking advantage of the carries he got."

Taylor signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract last year that guaranteed him $7 million. He's set to make $1.275 million this season, if he makes the final 53-man roster. But last season, he averaged a career-low 2.4 yards per carry, and the Bears signed Marion Barber, who has shined in training camp and in the preseason.

Taylor said all he can do is continue to work the same way he has been.

"There's nothing else I can do," he said. "I'm doing everything they ask me to do. So whatever happens, happens.

"I'm just going to do what I do: practice and work hard. And whatever they do, they're going to do. I can't control it."

There is a somewhat intriguing twist: Barber didn't finish the game with a calf injury, yet another reminder of the frailty of the position. The severity of Barber's injury, though, isn't known, although he was walking around the locker room without any help.

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This is what you want. Good players competing with other good players for playing time and ultimately to make the roster. It's pretty simple.

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