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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
BBAO: Bears still working out RBs

By Kevin Seifert

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A former NFC North running back who had worked out for two other divisional teams in the past two weeks has signed elsewhere, ending a longer-than-expected run of unemployment.

Former Green Bay Packers tailback Ryan Grant, who worked out last week for the Detroit Lions and Tuesday for the Chicago Bears, signed Tuesday night with the Washington Redskins, according to ESPNChicago.com and others. The question from our perspective is why the Bears worked him out, and if it means they have more injury problems than they are letting on.

Coach Lovie Smith said earlier this week that he hopes starter Matt Forte (ankle) will be back in time for Monday night's game at the Dallas Cowboys. Backup Michael Bush didn't play much in the latter stages of last Sunday's 23-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams, but Smith was vague earlier this week if he had an injury.

Teams often work out veterans during the season to update their personnel files, so it's not clear if the Bears just wanted to see where Grant was in terms of conditioning should they need him later this season, or if the need extra depth this week. Wednesday's practice report could give us some answers. The Bears are scheduled to take the field at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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