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John Tait | Tackle

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (39) / 1/26/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 312
College: Brigham Young
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Bears RT John Tait has officially retired from the NFL.
There was no official announcement last month when Tait informed the Bears that he was retiring, but the league received his paperwork on Thursday. Though the ten-year pro never made a Pro Bowl, he was well above average for much of his career. Thu, Mar 12, 2009 06:02:00 PM

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Bears coach Lovie Smith confirmed the retirement of RT John Tait at the NFL Combine on Saturday.

Chicago now has question marks at both tackle positions. Tait, a ten-year pro, started at both right and left tackle during his career. A strong run blocker, Tait never made a Pro Bowl but was always a well above average player.
Sat, Feb 21, 2009 02:30:00 PM

The Bears issued a statement on their team website saying they want RT John Tait to continue playing in 2009.

Chicago is grasping for straws with only two tackles under contract (Chris Williams, Cody Balogh). Tait can make over $5 million by playing one more year, but the 34-year-old also has post-football quality of life to consider.
Wed, Feb 18, 2009 02:14:00 AM

Bears RT John Tait is reportedly set to walk away from the final year of his contract and retire.

If true, this could alter the Bears' off-season plans and turn offensive line into an even bigger priority. Tait played through nagging injuries last season but started all 16 games. His retirement would be a big blow to the team, but it would free up almost $5 million in cap room.
Sat, Feb 14, 2009 09:12:00 AM

Bears OT John Tait has moved to right tackle.

Tait is a stronger run blocker than pass protector, so the Bears' offense should benefit from this. John St. Clair worked at left tackle during Wednesday's OTA, but rookie Chris Williams will be in there before long.
Thu, May 22, 2008 09:32:00 AM

John Tait (ankle) missed Wednesday's practice, but ran on the sidelines.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Tait "is believed to have a chance of returning by Sunday."
Thu, Oct 11, 2007 09:47:00 AM

Bears LT John Tait (ankle) is expected to sit out Sunday's game.

If Cullen Jenkins was 100 percent, he'd be in line for a big day against John St. Clair. Instead, Jenkins will likely split snaps with Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.
Fri, Oct 5, 2007 01:32:00 PM

John Tait wore a boot on his right foot after leaving Sunday's game with an ankle injury.

"They've got me in this as a precaution," Tait said. "This looks a lot worse than it is." Tait had offseason surgery on his left ankle, but this injury is to the right side. John St. Clair replaced him Sunday.
Mon, Oct 1, 2007 10:09:00 AM

Bears T John Tait left Sunday's game with an ankle injury. He will not return.

Tait had ankle surgery in the offseason, but it's unknown if this is the same ankle. He was able to walk off the field, but it's unclear how serious the injury is.
Sun, Sep 30, 2007 03:12:00 PM

Bears LT John Tait recently underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery.

Tait is expected to be 100 percent by the start of training camp.
Tue, May 1, 2007 09:27:00 AM

LT John Tait (ankle) was upgraded to probable after practicing Thursday.

Tait has missed two straight games and seemed likely to be rested until the playoffs, but now reportedly will get some playing time in Week 17.
Fri, Dec 29, 2006 09:06:00 AM

Bears LT John Tait (questionable, ankle) and LG Ruben Brown (probable, shoulder) are iffy to play in Week 17.

Chicago will probably play it safe with its veteran linemen. John St. Clair and Terrence Metcalf would start on the left side if neither starter were to play.
Wed, Dec 27, 2006 05:33:00 PM

LT John Tait (ankle) missed practice Thursday and is listed as questionable.

The Bears can be cautious with injured players given how little they have to play for during the final two games. If he can't go, OL John St. Clair will start in his place.
Fri, Dec 22, 2006 08:55:00 AM

Bears LT John Tait (questionable, ankle) missed Wednesday's practice.

He had hoped to return in Week 16, but the Bears, who have clinched the NFC's top seed, have no reason to risk further injury to Tait.
Wed, Dec 20, 2006 06:06:00 PM

LT John Tait (ankle) said Sunday that he'd like to return in Week 16, but won't rush things.

Tait sat out Week 15. ''We'll see how it goes,'' Tait said. ''I'm hoping to be back next week. It's just one of those things where you want to be comfortable because we have a lot more games to play.''
Mon, Dec 18, 2006 08:54:00 AM

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