The Chicago Bears will be without running back Matt Forte for a couple of a weeks, at the least, which will force the team to go to Marion Barber III and Kahlil Bell until the star back's return. On Monday, Bears head coach Lovie Smith hinted that there will likely be a tandem running back going forward (via ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright):
Lovie on Barber: "He's a different running back than Matt Forte. Kahlil can probably do more of the things that Matt Forte does."
Bell has seen limited time in the league since he entered the league in 2009. He had 40 carries for 220 yards as a rookie with the Bears but then was inactive for the entire 2010 season. He has just 15 carries for 57 yards this season.
Barber, meanwhile, has played sparingly as well this season with Forte as the feature back/. He has 281 yards on 76 carries. The Bears certainly hope the team will have better success in replacing Forte for the duration than Caleb Hanie has done in place of Jay Cutler.