According to Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com, the Chicago Bears will work out free-agent running back Ryan Grant today at Noon. Grant played college ball at Notre Dame and spent the last five years with the Green Bay Packers.
Grant, who turns 30 in December, has started 52 games in his career and has a 4.3 yards per carry average. He had back-to-back seasons of more than 1,200 yards in 2008 and 2009.
It was reported this offseason that the Lions offered Grant a contract back in July, which the running back then rejected. He worked out again for Detroit last week and has interest from another team as well, per a league source.
The Bears working out Grant is somewhat surprising. The team currently has four backs already on the roster. Matt Forte (ankle) is expected to be out at least one more week. That has thrust Michael Bush into the starter's role, with the team re-signing Kahlil Bell last week to be the backup. Armando Allen is also on the 53-man roster.
Bush rushed 18 times for 55 yards against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday but was held out for most of the second half.
"Mike took some good shots and came out of the game for a play after a hard hit. But it was that type of game," Lovie Smith said yesterday. "It was good to see Kahlil get some reps because Kahlil can do some of the same types of things as we ask Michael to. And I think there is a place for Armando Allen, who is a different body type playing.”
Yet despite Lovie's professed confidence in his running back corps, the team is still looking at outside options.
This could indicate a couple of things. First, Bell's 20 yards on 10 carries against the Rams was thoroughly sub-par. He didn't show much burst and could not make defenders miss. The coaches may feel they can do better at the club's third running back spot.
It also may mean Bush is more banged up than was let on. Or it could mean the team doesn't believe Forte will be ready any time soon.
Either way, it's obvious the Bears are not satisfied with the their current crop of ball carriers and some additional roster moves could take place in the near future.
UPDATE: The Bears also worked out RB Jacob Hester today. Hester spent the last four seasons in San Diego. The 27 year old has never had more than 28 carries in a season and has been used mainly as a third-down back and special teams player throughout his career.
Chicago also worked out G Rishaw Johnson and WR Raymond Radway.
UPDATE: Grant's workout with the Bears went well but he will reportedly sign with the Redskins.
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