As if the offense isn't struggling enough, one of the unit's more effective players may be done for the season.
Then, last Sunday, Bush dressed but didn't play, even though there were several instances when his short-yarage proficiency could have been useful.
"He was in uniform, but we were only going to use him if we had to," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Still wasn't quite ready to go."
On the season, Bush has 114 carries for 411 yards. His 3.6 yards per run average is solid. But what stands out is the fact that he's scored five touchdowns.
Matt Forte went to the Pro Bowl last year, but his record in converting in short-yardage situations is less than ideal. Bush, meanwhile, is one of the more effective short-yardage backs in the NFL. In March, the Bears signed Bush to a four-year, $14 million contract.
And for a big back (6 foot 1, 245 pounds), Bush has very good hands and catches the ball well out of the backfield.