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With the availability of 60 percent of the Chicago Bears backfield for Monday’s game at Dallas uncertain, the team had two running backs in for workouts at Halas Hall on Tuesday.
Running backs Ryan Grant and Jacob Hester were present along with guard Rishaw Johnson and wide receiver Raymond Radway, according to a source.
The Bears worked out running backs Steve Slaton and DuJuan Harris last Tuesday so that means they have looked at four backs in eight days.
Grant has been on the workout circuit recently and the former Green Bay Packers running back is expected to sign with a team in the next few hours.
But it will not be with the Bears, according to another source, and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported he would sign with the Washington Redskins. The Detroit Lions hosted Grant for a workout last week. Grant, 29, rushed for 559 yards and two touchdowns for the Packers last season.
Bears running back Matt Forte missed Sunday’s 23-6 victory over the Rams with a sprained right ankle. Coach Lovie Smith said the team is “hopeful” Forte will return to practice this week and be available for Monday’s game at Dallas. But La Canfora reported Forte is likely to miss one more week.
Backup running back Michael Bush started in place of Forte but Kahlil Bell, who was signed last week, was getting the work in the fourth quarter against the Rams. Smith was elusive when asked if Bush had been injured.
“We have a lot of guys that got a little banged up as I said from the physical play of the game,” Smith said. “We were playing Kahlil before that. Mike took some good shots. He came out one play on a hard hit but it was that type of game.”
Fullback Evan Rodriguez was knocked out of the game with a left knee injury and he left the stadium wearing a brace on his left leg and underwent an MRI Monday. The extent of his injury is not known. Hester was released in San Diego’s final cuts after four seasons with the Chargers. He is considered a fullback but is a little bit of a tweener at 5-11, 235 pounds. He was a special teams captain for the Chargers.
Johnson was an undrafted free agent who spent time in camp and on the practice squad of the Seahawks. Radway, an Abilene Christian product, was cut by the Cowboys at the end of preseason. He joined them as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and suffered a broken leg in the final seconds of the club’s final preseason game. email@example.com