The Chicago Bears will again operate on offense without Khalil Herbert against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football. Per NFL insider Adam Schefter, the starting running back was not activated from the injured reserve (IR) by the Thursday deadline.
Herbert will not play despite carrying a questionable tag into Thursday. The running back got designated for return from the IR on Monday after missing the team’s last four games with an ankle injury.
Chicago Bears RB Khalil Herbert: Efficient Running Back Nursing Ankle Injury
Herbert had started the first five games for the Chicago Bears before injuring his ankle. He had posted 272 rushing yards on 51 carries. He also caught ten passes for 83 yards and a score. The Virginia Tech product earned the starting role this offseason with the departure of fellow running back David Montgomery. Herbert flashed brilliance in 2022, averaging 5.7 yards per carry on 129 attempts. He rushed for four touchdowns while catching a TD pass.
Herbert, a sixth-round draft pick in the 2021 NFL draft, took 103 carries for 433 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. He also caught 14-of-16 passes for 96 yards.
Chicago Bears: Running Back Depth Chart for Week 10
The Chicago Bears will lean on D’Onta Foreman to carry the rushing load on offense. Foreman continues to play well with Herbert out, rushing 60 times for 271 yards and two touchdowns. He has also caught five passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. Chicago will also have rookie Roschon Johnson available. The fourth-round pick has 33 carries for 149 yards and one score while catching 15 passes for 77 yards. Darrynton Evans and Travis Homer will round out the running back room. Evans has 58 carries for 225 yards through four NFL seasons, while Homer signed with the Bears this offseason. He played four years with the Seattle Seahawks, rushing 83 times for 453 yards and a score.