The Cleveland Browns last year didn't want to lose a player they had who was signed Wednesday to the Bears practice squad.
Offensive tackle Alex Taylor was on the Browns practice squad last year and six times the team protected him so they wouldn't lose him to another team.
Taylor, a 6-foot-9, 294-pound South Carolina State product, was on the Cleveland roster for two games and played four special teams snaps in one of them. The Browns waived Taylor two weeks ago as preparations were beginning to start the season.
The Bears can use the tackle depth, even if it is on the practice squad.
Starting left tackle Jason Peters is practicing on a limited basis with a quad injury after leaving Sunday night's game with the Rams. He was replaced by Larry Borom, and the fifth-round rookie suffered an ankle injury on his 16th play. Borom was unable to practice on Wednesday.
Rookie left tackle Teven Jenkins is on injured reserve after back surgery. So, the Bears could be down to their fourth tackle if they move Elijah Wilkinson to the spot as they did in the second half of Sunday's loss.
They also have 2020 seventh-round draft pick Lachavious Simmons available on the 53-man roster at tackle or guard. Practice squad player Arlington Hambright has played tackle but is considered more of a guard.