First up is Rochon Johnson. Then there’s Khalil Herbert. Thursday was a painful night for the Chicago Bears running backs.
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Khalil Herbert latest injury update
Herbert left the Bears’ game against the Washington Commanders with an ankle injury. As he adjusted to try to catch a third-down pass from Bears quarterback Justin Fields, his right leg was pinned underneath him.
Herbert eventually left under his own power, heading straight for the blue medical tent. After a brief assessment, he left the tent and attempted a jog on the sidelines to resolve the issue that was bothering him.
Herbert did return to play briefly, but it was clear he wasn’t in great shape. The Bears later listed him as a possible returner, but his night was over.
This was the game where Khalil Herbert was injured. pic.twitter.com/FcEOjAe8To
— Professional Football Network (@PFN365) October 6, 2023
After the game, Bears head coach Matt Eberflus gave no update on Herbert’s condition:
“I don’t know yet. I really don’t know,” he said. “I don’t know, I have to talk to the coach. I don’t know the full details of the matter yet.”
Herbert rushed for 41 yards and 196 yards in the last game. The injury came less than an hour after Johnson, his primary backup, was sidelined with a concussion. The next time the Bears offense took the field, linebacker Khari Blasingame took Herbert’s spot in the lineup.
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Early Friday morning, ‘s Jeremy Fowler reported that Herbert said he was “fine” following the ankle injury. Additionally, he did not specify the nature of the injury but admitted it appeared to be serious. “God is good,” he said.
#Bear RB Khalil Herbert said after the game that he will be “fine” after injuring his ankle. The nature of the injury was not specified but admitted it looked bad. “God is good,” he said. Herbert rushed for 76 yards on 10 carries.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowler) October 6, 2023
Fantasy impact of Kahlil Herbert injury
If the Chicago Bears can’t get Herbert back on Thursday night, their backfield will be very thin the rest of the way as Johnson is already out with a concussion.
Travis Homer, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, is Chicago’s only active RB. If Herbert is forced to miss significant time, Homer is unlikely to inherit a large workload. Dota Foreman has been inactive of late, but if the Bears’ two top linebackers miss Week 6, he could step up and share the backfield with Homer.
However, with 10 days of rest between games, Johnson will likely recover from the concussion in time.
— Kyle Yates, Pro Football Network fantasy director
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