Kahlil Bell, who the Bears signed to the practice squad in September has been promoted to the 53-man roster due to lack of depth at the running back position.
The Bears today announced that Garrett Wolfe will be out for the season with a lacerated kidney and during the preseason they lost Kevin Jones to an ankle injury.
The 5-11, 212-pound Bell ran for 1,741 yards and 17 touchdowns and averaged 4.4 yards per carry over his four-year career with the UCLA Bruins (as pictured).
Bell has being seeing some reps with the first team offense this week, just to see what he can do. He will most likely contribute only on special teams for now and be the third string running back behind Matt Forte and Adrian Peterson.
This is what Bell had to say about his first opportunity to play:
“I’m just happy to be here, it’s been a dream since I’ve been a little kid to be at this level. If I get the opportunity to contribute, I’ll be living the dream.”
I like this move by the Bears, I think bringing in a young runner, who is familiar with your system is a good idea. I hope Kahlil gets a shot to get a carry or two during the last eight games of the season.