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Matt Toeaina surprised at timing of release
Matt Toeaina arrived at Halas Hall Tuesday for the start of voluntary workouts, and he was escorted upstairs, where he was informed of his immediate release.
“I wasn’t expecting that. I figured I would get this thing right with them,” Toeaina told the Sun-Times, referring to his right knee, “and get healthy, and I would be good.”
Two days after Christmas, Toeaina underwent a scope to clean out his right knee. But he said it’s still not right and he may need another clean up.
“I’m not sure,” he said. “All I know is, I couldn’t play and be able to do everything with the guys anyway.”
Toeaina, 28, was on vacation a few weeks ago when the Bears asked him to take a pay cut. He declined, and he underwent a physical from a Bears doctor in Chicago two days after returning from Italy. After a brief check of his knee, the doctor asked him if he could play and Toeaina told him no.
He said his agent is looking into getting a second opinion.
“I’m good,” Toeaina said. “My spirits are up. I’m just going to miss all the guys.”
Toeaina said he “definitely” wants to keep playing and is expecting to be ready by training camp, if not sooner.
A sixth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007, Toeaina signed a three-year deal with the Bears in December 2007. He’s started 24 games for the Bears, with two sacks, three passes defended and 50 tackles. Last season, he was limited to three games, including two starts.