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Chester Taylor to the Texans might make sense for Bears

With glut running backs would Bears consider trading Chester Taylor HoustTexans? | AP

With a glut of running backs, would the Bears consider trading Chester Taylor to the Houston Texans? | AP

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Updated: August 16, 2011 2:08PM

When I heard the Houston Texans lost another running back to injury, I immediately thought of Chester Taylor.

That’s because I remember that Taylor makes his offseason home in Houston.

There’s been a lot of focus on the Bears running back depth chart. Matt Forte is clearly No. 1, but Taylor is not so clearly the backup anymore. The Bears signed Marion Barber to a two-year contract, and he’s definitely looked impressive in training camp, and he had 45 rushing yards on seven carries Saturday night.

In addition, Kahlil Bell played well, and he is something the other three are not: he’s a core member of the special teams.

With Derrick Ward leaving Monday’s game against the New York Jets, it’s fair to wonder if the Texans are looking for running back help. Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster is hurt, along with Ben Tate and Steve Slaton.

Currently, the Texans two healthy backs are Chris Ogbonnaya and Javarris Williams. Ogbonnaya had 17 carries for 37 yards, including a touchdown, and he also caught six passes for 67 yards and one touchdown.

Taylor is due to make $1.25 million this season, and the Bears surely would have to consider taking a late-round draft pick for him.

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