The Chicago Bears limp into week 4 with a lot of injuries, including 9 players who have landed on the IR. The backfield is no exception to injury. Starting running back, Jeremy Langford, is out this week and probably another 3-4 weeks, following an ankle sprain that occurred in the Bears loss to the Cowboys on Sunday night. Ka’Deem Carey has already been sidelined with a hamstring injury, so this leaves rookie Jordan Howard and a 2nd year running back, who was recently signed by the Bears, Raheem Mostert who literally has no experience.
Last week, free agent Joique Bell had a workout with his former team, the Detroit Lions, who in the end, did not re-sign him. Bell who has significant NFL experience, appealed to the Chicago Bears, who obviously need the help in their depleted backfield. The Bears signed Bell on Tuesday.
Joique Bell had a solid career with Detroit, but lost playing time due to injuries and the emergence of Theo Riddick. Bell who is 30 years old, appeared in 13 games last season for the Lions and ran for 311 yards and 4 touchdowns. Bell also caught 22 passes for 286 receiving yards. Bell has 22 rushing touchdowns and 1 receiving touchdown in his 4 year NFL career. Bell is a bruising back, who can get the short yards but also can be an every down back. His versatility is key and a much needed attribute in Chicago.
Bell fits into the Bears offensive scheme nicely and should be able to contribute early. Ironically, next up for Chicago, the 0-3 Bears face the 1-2 Lions in Chicago this Sunday.