The Bears put Michael Bush in uniform for Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers when he didn’t play and now they are putting him on injured reserve, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Bush’s season ends with a rib injury and his roster spot has been taken by Kahlil Bell, who is now back with the team for the third time this year.
Bush was injured in the loss to the Seahawks on Dec. 2 and got one carry the following week at Minnesota before coming out. He was available against the Packers and his absence became an issue when starting running back Matt Forte failed to score on two carries from the one-yard line on a possession that ended in a field goal.
Bush, who said Sunday he did not have a broken rib, had been successful in short-yardage situation this season, ones that plagued the Bears the previous two seasons with Marion Barber and Chester Taylor.
“He was in uniform but still we were going to use him only is we had to,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said, explaining the reason for not using Bush at the goal line. “Still wasn’t quite ready to go.”