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Thursday, December 11, 2008
Forte injury exposes Bears' depth -- or lack thereof


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

The toe injury of Chicago tailback Matt Forte on Thursday night highlights the Bears' personnel anomaly in the backfield.

Forte

The Bears have used Forte almost exclusively this season, leaving their other three tailbacks -- Adrian Peterson, Garrett Wolfe and Kevin Jones -- mostly idle. Forte, in fact, entered this game against New Orleans with 269 of the Bears' 350 carries by running backs.

When he departed, the Bears were left to choose between Peterson and Jones as their top tailback. (Wolfe is inactive because of a hamstring injury).

Jones ranks second on the team with 34 carries, but he has been inactive for the past four games and probably wouldn't have been available Thursday night were it not for Wolfe's injury. As it turned out, the Bears chose Peterson to enter the game first.

Forte returned to the game with 10:38 remaining in the second quarter, and the depthless Bears drew a sigh of relief.