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RB Kahlil Bell expects Bears to sign him to 53-man roster

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No move is official yet, but running back Kahlil Bell said he expects to be signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster before Sunday's game with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bell has been on the practice squad for more than two months, and he's up to speed on the offensive playbook and as importantly the role on special teams he would play, if he is active for the game.

"If the opportunity comes for me, I'm comfortable,'' he said. "I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on everything. Special teams-wise, we have a high standard here, and I think I'm pretty good in that area. Whatever they ask me to do, if I get that opportunity, I am just going to try to help the team.''

An opening on the roster was created this morning when the Bears placed running back Garrett Wolfe on injured reserve with a lacerated kidney. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa remains out for the season with a knee injury but is still on the 53-man roster.

Stay tuned.

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Well there goes the season... Pisa Tinoisamoa and wolfe are done!!Does anyone know anything abour Khalil Bell?? When Kevin Jones went down in the preseason i knew it was going to be a tuff year...Everytime we have a winning preseason we have a bad regular season...I heard that The bears were working on a wildcat package for caleb hanie to spell cutler from the weekly punishment.. Should open up some passing lanes for these guys..

its cool that the bears are finally signing someone at RB, but who is this guy, ive never heard of him. just like the bears not to sign someone like larry johnson, who is a proven back. the bears shouldve been looking for someone as soon as wolfe got hurt. heres whats going to happen even if this bell does sign. the bears wont play him except on special teams, theyll put peterson in and not even give bell a chance, im 99% sure of this! did you all read this crap about jerry saying he isnt worried about the bears right now? of course he isnt worried, he's not going anywhere anytime soon. im about tired of reading what jerry and lovie say in there interviews, those 2 should run for politics because they talk alot but they NEVER say anything, and i mean anything!!! i want a coach thats gonna say it like it is. i want a coach in there thats going to call the players out if theyre playing like crap! not this namby pamby this is a team sport it falls on all of us.

Bears won't let him run the football one time, will they, Brad?

Kevin from LIsle,

Who is Khalil Bell? He may give Forte a run for his money.
You only need to see his college highlights...also note that he is much bigger and heavier than Wolf. Go to the link below. There are a few youtube clips on Khalil Bell. I expect him to be the number 2 running back in time. should be a good backup for Forte. If link below doesn't work...just do a google search for him along with the word youtube. Also to note to both Kevin and Jon....the bears signed Khalil Bell september 16th to the practice squad. He was about the 28 rated running back in this years draft. He was an undrafted free agent picked up by the Vikings but they couldn't hold on to him as the teams were getting down to their 53 man squads. If anyone should know about running backs, it would be the vikes. See the videos in below link.

http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&source=hp&q=Khalil+Bell+youtube&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=Y9sHS8SEMpOQNv2rpcQK&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBAQqwQwAA#hl=en&source=hp&q=Khalil+Bell+youtube&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=Y9sHS8SEMpOQNv2rpcQK&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBAQqwQwAA&qvid=Khalil+Bell+youtube&vid=3907394748344889257

With the name Khalil Bell, to me this guys sounds like a power boosting type runningback who might be what the Bears where holding out as a surprise, let's just hope this is true. The hidden secret is what I like to call it, it's why the Bears never went after a player like Larry Johnson or any other of the runningbacks that might have been available on the market. I sure hope this mystery player will add some spark to this anemic offense, and our defense will hold Philly to no touchdowns, I know it's wishful thinking but then again, the Washington Redskins beat Denver last week, and nobody here ever thought that would happen either.

watched the you tube highights of him ( thanks for posting) kid looks like he can run strong.. put him in asap let see what he can do!!

Kahlil Bell is a strong runner between the tackles, runs down hill and picks up yardage after contact. The major knock on Bell coming out is his durability, he was hurt a lot while at UCLA. Thats probably the main reason why his career stats aren't all that impressive. But, the guy was really productive as a runner when healthy, and is a pretty good pass receiver out of the backfield. Bell does lack elite top end speed however, had a 4.6 40. So he probably won't be a return guy, but could help out on kick/punt coverage. If he can remain healthy, he'll help by giving Forte a change up who can gain yards between the tackles. Chicago needs another runner, so hopefully Bell pans out?

Sidenote: Bell will wear the coveted #32 jersey last worn by Cedric Benson. GO BEARS!!

He had a great game against Northwestern in the Sun Bowl as a freshman, though their defense was pretty bad. Bruin fans were full of hope, but the offensive line was not the same after OC Tom Cable left for the NFL. Most of his yards were tough yards and he doesn't have breakaway speed. He had an attitude problem early in his career and got in a fight in practice. Going into his junior year, he said that he had an epiphany and committed himself to doing what the coaches asked and being a good teammate. It's no surprise that he started to shine on the practice squad. It was hard to judge his talent behind a dreadful line, but he got high praise being recruited by running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, who most likely helped sign him to Minnesota. He backed up Maurice Jones-Drew in college as a freshman (3rd string).

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