Bears running back Michael Bush was on the field Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings for only 13 snaps and had only one carry for six yards.
Why the decreased workload?
Bush re-injured his ribs, coach Lovie Smith said Monday at Halas Hall. Bush missed practice Wednesday and Thursday last week with his bruised ribs. He was limited in practice Friday before being deemed questionable for the game Sunday in Minneapolis.
"He took a shot," Smith said. "We were in a situation where we just didn't feel like we had to play him. Nothing major, but he did feel it."
The Bears didn't run much against the Vikings. Matt Forte only had 13 carries, but he did have 85 rushing yards. Reserve running back Armando Allen also had one carry for six yards.
Bush had two short touchdowns runs in the Bears' 28-10 win against the Vikings on Nov. 25. Smith said falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter to the Vikings on Sunday changed their game plan.
"You start off with the score," Smith said. "When you get behind 14-0 that puts you in a little bit different position and just the flow of the game, as much as anything.
"Of course, our plan is always to run the ball more, but I think you have to do what you need to do - you feel like what you need to do - to get points on the board and that's the direction we felt like we needed to go."