Aside from the obvious embarrassment that came along with their 23-10 loss on Thursday night, the Chicago Bears also lost running back Matt Forte with a high ankle sprain.
The injury is something that could take anywhere from two to six weeks to completely heal. Luckily for the Bears, they brought in a terrific insurance policy in Michael Bush, who actually ran the ball quite well on Thursday. He was a guy who could have been a starter elsewhere if he hadn’t signed with the Bears.
So the issue isn’t who will start, it’s who will play behind him. Armando Allen was set to be the backup after he was brought up from the practice squad to replace the injured Lorenzo Booker. But he’s not the type of guy you want taking second string carries. He’s more suited for his role on special teams.
Instead, the Bears worked out Steve Slaton at Halas Hall on Saturday, but appear to be going in a different direction with their backup spot: Khalil Bell.
Bell tweeted that he’s returning to Chicago and appears very excited to do so. Bell was released from the Bears after he refused to take a paycut down to something more suited for a third string running back. Now he gets another chance with the Bears. He posted over 300 yards on 79 carries after Forte went down for the Bears last season.
I’m taking my talents back to Chicago. So happy to be back. Never wanted to leave.
— Kahlil Bell (@KahlilBell32) September 15, 2012
This is probably the best move for the Bears as far as their running back spot is concerned. He’s a guy who already knows the offense and knows the team. He’s a perfect fit as Bush’s backup while Forte sits.