The Chicago Bears took a hit in their running back depth chart as it was learned that RB Kevin Jones will miss the entire 2009 regular season due to an ankle injury suffered during the Bears’ preseason finale game thursday night against the Cleveland Browns.
The injury happened during the first quarter on a late hit by the Browns’ Marcus Benard following a 6-yard run; Jones is expected to undergo surgery next, according to the team. Jones, prior to the injury, was expected to provide some depth to the Bears’ runnng attack behind Matt Forte; however, it appears that Garrett Wolfe and Adrian Peterson (no, not THAT Adrian Peterson) will battle for the backup role.
Jones is no stranger to the injury bug. He missed the final three games of the 2006 season and the first two of the 2007 campaign because of a foot injury. Then Jones tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his right knee later that season; that to me had to have made the decision for his former team, the Detroit Lions, to release him easier.
The Bears signed him in July 2008, hoping he would compete with Forte; obviously with Forte’s excellent rookie debut season, that wasn’t going to happen. Jones in his debut year with Chicago ran for only 109 yards; this preseason, Jones had ran for 77 yards on 24 carries.