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Taylor survives first wave of Bears roster cuts

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There were no surprises as the Bears announced Friday they have cut 14 players to pare their roster to 65. But it's worth noting that running back Chester Taylor wasn't among them.

Taylor, who is thought to have been beaten out by Kahlil Bell, still has a chance to make the 53-man roster. He is scheduled to make $1.25 million this season, but that is not guaranteed until Sept. 11, when the Bears begin the regular season against the Atlanta Falcons. It's possible the Bears could keep Taylor, wait for the roster-cut dust to settle around the league and see if another team needs a proven running back coming off a tough season in a developing offense.

The list of players cut Friday: guard linebackers Tressor Baptiste, Chris Johnson and Deron Minor, cornerbacks Antareis Bryan and Ryan Jones, wide receivers Andy Fantuz, Onrea Jones and Jimmy Young, fullback Eddie Williams, center Alex Linnenkohl, offensive tackle Josh Davis and guard Johan Asiata.

The Bears have to make 12 more cuts by Saturday to get down to the 53-man roster.

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This is HORRIBLE! My heartthrob Andy Fantuz was cut and thrown out like a piece of trash! You don't do that to Pro Bowl talent!

This has been a nightmare summer. Jim Hendry, the winningest coach in Cubs history gets canned. I cried and cried that day until my mascara ran down my face. That mean Ricketts should be ashamed of himself. Totally heartless.

As difficult as it will be, the Bumstead household though, will remain strong against these horrible body blows.

Now the decisions get tougher. The BEARS need an influx of young talent, and they have three or four other guys they are taking long looks at keeping in my opinion. I think Kyle Adams may have made it, nowthat Eddie Williams was cut and his ability to play all four phases of special teams, Venable has been solid on special teams this pre-season and the hit he made would have been clean, had he not launched himself at the player, saw some good things from Addison in the game, and I can see him sticking if nothing else but his ability to get upfield on the pash rush, jury is still out on DeCicco his spot could go to Trahan who is young with some exepreince. Two veterans other than Taylor on the bubble are Harrison, and Edwin Williams..

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