Injuries continue to mount up for the Chicago Bears. On Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, many fans were questioning head coach Lovie Smith’s decision to keep backup running back Michael Bush active even though the running back continues to be struggling with a rib injury. Despite being active against the Packers, Bush did not play and the Bears’ missed the efforts that the former Raider provides in the red zone and on short yardage plays. That is why many fans complemented the Bears’ front office when the team signed Bush to a four year contract in the off-season. Unfortunately for the Bears and Bush, the running back’s season will end with a sense of disappointment.
The Bears announced on Tuesday that Bush has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the season. Kahlil Bell has re-signed with the Bears after being released by the New York Jets last week. For the season, Bush has a total of 411 rushing yards to go along with 5 touchdowns while compiling 114 rushing attempts for the Bears. While there is no doubt Bush’s production this season has been a disappointment, that could partially be contributed to the fact that the Bears may not have used Bush as much as most were anticipating they would. Though, Bush is not the only Bears’ running back that has struggled this season (I’m talking about you, Matt Forte).
Despite the lack of opportunities, Bush has been an important piece to the Bears’ offense in the red zone and on short yardage plays. Forte proved this past Sunday that he is not the type of running back that cannot be depended on in goal-line situations. The Bears, as a team, have struggled greatly in the red zone this season. So, that is probably why the loss of Bush for the remainder of the season will impact the Bears’ offense. Running back Armando Allen had several impressive plays out of the backfield against the Packers, so it will be interesting to see if Allen plays a larger role for the Bears against the Arizona Cardinals.