Bears place Jacquizz Rodgers on injured reserve


Running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith were once teammates with the Falcons and now both men will be in the Bears organization at the same time as well.

The only catch is that only Smith will be playing for Chicago for the rest of the season. Rodgers broke his arm in Sunday’s victory over the Chiefs, leading the team to place him on injured reserve Monday and sign Smith to take his spot on the roster.

“I think he’s a guy who kind of surpassed probably our expectations and contributed on the field whether it was on offense or in the kicking game,” coach John Fox said of Rodgers, via the Chicago Tribune. “He’s a guy that will be missed but over time he’ll get better and we’ll get back in the future.”

Rodgers had 14 carries in the first five weeks, which was second behind Matt Forte, and saw a lot of time on special teams for Chicago. Ka’Deem Carey and Jeremy Langford join Smith, who broke his leg with the Falcons last year, behind Forte on the updated depth chart.