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Matt Forte injury leads Bears to work out Steve Slaton

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In a sign that the Bears don’t expect running back Matt Forte to make a quick return from his high ankle sprain, a veteran running back is on his way to Chicago.

Steve Slaton, who was cut by the Dolphins on September 1, is traveling today and will work out for the Bears on Saturday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A third-round draft pick of the Texans in 2008, Slaton had an outstanding rookie season, carrying 268 times for 1,282 yards and nine touchdowns, and catching another 50 passes for 377 yards. He’s been injured and ineffective for both the Texans and the Dolphins since then, but Slaton is only 26 years old and has talent as a ball carrier, and he could make sense for the Bears while Forte is out.

It could also make sense for the Bears to bring back Kahlil Bell, who spent training camp with the Bears but was cut when he refused to take a pay cut. Bell already knows the offense, and the fact that he hasn’t caught on anywhere else since the Bears cut him may convince him to agree to play for the league minimum.

While Forte is out, Michael Bush will start at running back for the Bears. Armando Allen is currently the only other running back on the Bears’ 53-man roster.

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10 Responses to “Matt Forte injury leads Bears to work out Steve Slaton”
  1. raidereric says: Sep 14, 2012 6:04 PM

    Michael Bush 2011 stats per ESPN:

    256 Rushes
    977 yards rushing
    7 TD

    37 Receptions
    418 Yards Recieving
    1 TD

    Matt Fortes’ stats for 2011 are almost exactly the same, the Bears have a monster RB duo on their hands if they stay healthy. Bet my Raiders feel stupid now for letting this guy walk and trading a decent lineman for RB Mike Goodson, lol gonna be a tough year for my team.

  2. sjsuraider says: Sep 14, 2012 6:46 PM

    I honestly don’t understand how Slaton fell so far so fast I remember his rookie year people were saying he might have been the best running back drafted that year above CJ2K and DMAC

  3. docsweeney says: Sep 14, 2012 6:52 PM

    I’ll be curious how long this injury lingers. Two weeks? Until after the bye? Bad enough you get your proverbial brains beaten out, now it really is insult to injury.

  4. dino2997 says: Sep 14, 2012 7:07 PM

    Kahlil Bell shouldn’t be picked up. He has serious problems holding on to the ball. Fumbles WAY too much.

  5. apmn says: Sep 14, 2012 7:52 PM

    Slaton fell out of favor with the Texans because he couldn’t hang onto the ball.

  6. tannethrill says: Sep 14, 2012 8:02 PM

    It’s hilarious that Forte was just demanding the ball more. He should have embraced the depth they have at RB instead of doing more than your body has already shown you can handle.

  7. jimmysee says: Sep 14, 2012 8:42 PM

    The most frustrated guy in America who can’t seem to catch a break (next to Mitt Romney) must be Ryan Grant!

  8. randomramfan says: Sep 14, 2012 9:02 PM

    Maybe they should get an offensive line instead of a line that’s offensive. How many more years can they not address this problem???

  9. EJ says: Sep 15, 2012 8:33 AM

    My prediction of Chicago making it to the Super bowl and winning it just took a big hit. A lot of my reasoning relied on Matt Forte having a monster season, with Bush still picking up good yards on the ground and through the air. I expected Cutler to have a couple of off games where he threw more picks than Touchdowns, but by the 4th-5th week I can see Cutler getting in sync with his big receivers and dominating. Hopefully Forte isn’t gone for long. I believe Bush can be a #1 running back for most teams across the league, but he’s no Forte.
    Don’t count the Bears out yet boys, they just need a little more time to gel.

  10. Seshadri says: Sep 15, 2012 12:13 PM

    I don,t understand why they dont resign Kahlil Bell, he had a decent outing against packers last season.

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