Bears looking at Steve Slaton

Updated: September 14, 2012, 7:20 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears will bring in free agent running back Steve Slaton for a workout on Saturday, a league source confirmed on Friday.

The Chicago Tribune was first to report the details of the workout.

The Bears are exploring the possibility of signing another running back to the roster after starter Matt Forte suffered a right ankle injury in the third quarter of Thursday night's 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports Forte suffered what is believed to be a high-ankle sprain, the type of injury that can force a player to miss generally between 2-4 weeks.

Michael Bush replaced Forte and finished with 54 yards on 14 carries against the Packers. Armando Allen is the third running back on the Bears' 53-man roster.

Slaton rushed for 1,282 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie in 2008 for the Houston Texans. He spent three-plus seasons in Houston before landing with the Miami Dolphins in late Sept. 2011 after being waived by the Texans. Slaton played in three games for the Dolphins last season and went to camp with Miami this summer but failed to make the final cut and was released on Sept. 1, 2012.

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Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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