The Chicago Bears lost a vital piece to their offense on Tuesday, placing running back Khalil Herbert on injured reserve with a hip injury.
The #Bears have placed RB Khalil Herbert on IR.— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 15, 2022
Herbert, who leads the Bears’ backfield with 643 rushing yards, suffered the hip injury on the final kickoff return in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions.
The Bears will be without Herbert’s services for at least four games as is protocol for players placed on IR. It’s a significant loss for a Bears team that leads the NFL in rushing offense, averaging 201.7 yards per game.
While Chicago’s roster lacks depth across the board, running back David Montgomery should be able to take on a larger role in Herbert’s absence. Not many teams have had an answer for the Bears’ rushing attack, as the team is on pace to make NFL history running the football.
Without Herbert, Chicago’s offense will certainly miss his speed and shiftiness out the backfield. His versatility was a nice compliment to Montgomery’s bruising running style.
#Bears RB Khalil Herbert is on pace to finish the season with 184 carries for 1,093 rushing yards and 7 rushing TDs.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) November 15, 2022
His 6.0 yards per carry also lead all RBs who have at least 60 carries on the season. Not bad for a guy who isn't even a starter! 😉
Sixth-round pick Tresten Ebner is the only other running back on the active roster. He is expected to serve as Montgomery’s back up for the time being.
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