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Chillar awaits fate

Jul 28, 2011 -- 9:59pm

Update (8:45 a.m.) -- The Packers released Brandon Chillar this morning.

GREEN BAY – Brandon Chillar remains a member of the Green Bay Packers – at least for now.

The veteran inside linebacker was among the players the Packers intended to release to create room under the salary cap, but Chillar was not told of the team’s plans for him on Thursday, when fellow linebacker Brady Poppinga and defensive end Justin Harrell were both told that the team intended to release them.

When the team learned of a serious hamstring injury suffered by Chillar during the offseason – news first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein – it left the club in a predicament. Chillar said he spent most of the day waiting to see team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie, but it was unclear how the Packers and general manager Ted Thompson will proceed.

Chillar, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, ended up playing in only eight games last season, starting one. He signed a four-year, $19 million contract extension at the end of the 2009 season and has three years left on his deal.

If the Packers were to release him, they would wipe Chillar’s $2.2 million base salary off the books. Due to his injury, however, the team may have to place him on the physically unable to perform list.

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