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Bears RB Michael Bush re-injures his ribs vs. Vikings

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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.jpgBush 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."

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Just another in the long list of Bear injuries here in 2012. I'd say we need Michael Bush heading into the playoffs, but, that probably isn't gonna happen now. A loss to Green Bay this sunday and the season is probably over, as is the Lovie Smith era here in Chicago. I'd love to see the Bears turn it around in these last 3 games vs Green Bay, Arizona, and Detriot, its just probably not gonna happen. I have no idea what happened to such a promising season? I doubt Chicago can take Green Bay and I don't even know if they can handle Detriot? The Bears should take Arizona....right?

I think its time to start thinking about the offseason. No playoffs probably means no more Lovie Smith, so who do you bring in, Mike Holmgren? I'd like to see what he can do with Cutler? Do you resign Brian Urlacher? I would. You have to lock up players like Henry Melton and Lance Louis, 2 very promising linemen. Draft wise you go left tackle, tight end, linebacker, and center (Garza is solid but getting up there in age), should be interesting GO BEARS!!

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