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Bears weighing whether to put Michael Bush on IR

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As if the offense isn't struggling enough, one of the unit's more effective players may be done for the season.

Indications are, the Bears are seriously weighing whether to put running back Michael Bush on the injured reserve. He injured his ribs in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Bush.jpg

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.

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Oh great, so now Mike Tice's "1-2-3 and out" offensive scheme is gonna be without a short yardage back! That means not only is the "1-2-3 and out offense" without a big back, they don't have a tight end or a left tackle either.....great!!

All kiddin aside, I don't think losing Bush is gonna really hurt the Bears, I hate to say it, but he didn't really bring much to the table to begin with. I see the Bears put Bush on IR and signed Kahlil Bell back. Bell seemed just as effective as Bush, maybe more, Bell had a 100 yard performance last year in one of his starts, Bush, to date, has not with the Bears. Bell's biggest problem is he likes to put the ball on the ground, that might be why he doesn't have much of a future in the NFL. The Steelers are looking for a starting back. Laugh my fellow Bear fans, thats all we can do for the remainder of this nightmare of a season, oh well, GO BEARS!!

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