The Chicago Bears lost a vital piece to their offense on Tuesday, placing running back Khalil Herbert on injured reserve with a hip injury.

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.

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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