According to ESPN Boston.com, the New England Patriots had informed running back Chris Taylor that he would be waived today and the running back was not at the team’s practice. The Patriots waited until the 4 p.m. deadline to submit the transaction, and apparently had a change of heart. Taylor’s agent, Martin Magid, said he received a call within the last hour that Taylor would not be released today.
Taylor spent last season on injured reserve, and apparently will be around at least until after the Patriots final preseason game Thursday night against the New York Giants.
At 4 p.m. today, the Patriots and the rest of the NFL will face their first cut deadline. The roster, which now stands at 80, will have to be trimmed down to 75. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick explained the process in his press conference yesterday.
“We talk to each player whatever his situation is,” Belichick said. “Sometimes we release him. Sometimes they are in a PUP or IR type situation. Sometimes they are involved in a practice squad type of transaction. Whatever it is, we talk to the player. We talk to his representatives and try to get everybody on the same page.”