Matt Eberflus Believes Khalil Herbert's Injury Isn't a Season-Ender

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Matt Eberflus Believes Khalil Herbert’s Injury Isn’t a Season-Ender

Chicago Bears

When a key player suffers an injury that sends them to IR in the middle of the season, one of my first concerns is whether or not we’ll see that player again.

So part of me was fearing the worst when Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert went on IR yesterday.

But Bears Head Coach Matt Eberflus provided some clarity to Herbert’s situation, giving us reason to exhale in the process:

Eberflus believes Herbert will play again this season. Meaning that the hip injury isn’t a season-ending one. That small bit of optimism from Eberflus is what I was needing to push me through the lunch hour. Herbert had 108 carries, 643 rushing yards, and 4 touchdowns in his first 10 games. Prior to the injury, Herbert was on pace for a 1,000-yard rushing season. Not bad for a player who isn’t a starter and is currently a timeshare with David Montgomery.

The team doesn’t have a timetable for Herbert’s recovery or return just yet, but that’s fine. Let Herbert rest up for whatever period of time it takes. In the meantime, this opens the door for others to fill the roles Herbert was playing before his injury. Keep in mind that Herbert’s gig as Montgomery’s sidekick isn’t the only one that needs filling. Herbert was also returning kicks, which happens to be the area he seems to have suffered the injury while playing. This could be a nice opportunity for someone to fulfill that role now, making Herbert’s return to special teams unnecessary. And thus, not putting him in harm’s way and risking injury on special teams for a rusher averaging 6.0 yards per carry.

More on some of the Bears’ replacement options later today…

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Author: Luis Medina

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