BBAO: Bears still working out RBs

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A former NFC North running back who had worked out for two other divisional teams in the past two weeks has signed elsewhere, ending a longer-than-expected run of unemployment.

Former Green Bay Packers tailback Ryan Grant, who worked out last week for the Detroit Lions and Tuesday for the Chicago Bears, signed Tuesday night with the Washington Redskins, according to ESPNChicago.com and others. The question from our perspective is why the Bears worked him out, and if it means they have more injury problems than they are letting on.

Coach Lovie Smith said earlier this week that he hopes starter Matt Forte (ankle) will be back in time for Monday night's game at the Dallas Cowboys. Backup Michael Bush didn't play much in the latter stages of last Sunday's 23-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams, but Smith was vague earlier this week if he had an injury.

Teams often work out veterans during the season to update their personnel files, so it's not clear if the Bears just wanted to see where Grant was in terms of conditioning should they need him later this season, or if the need extra depth this week. Wednesday's practice report could give us some answers. The Bears are scheduled to take the field at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • In total, the Bears have worked out four veteran running backs in eight days, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

  • The Chicago Sun-Times on Bears cornerback Tim Jennings: "[E]ven hardened skeptics are warned to doubt Jennings at their own risk."

  • The Detroit Lions signed longtime punter Nick Harris to replace the injured Ben Graham, who was placed on injured reserve because of a calf injury, notes Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.

  • Sunday's game between the Lions and Minnesota Vikings is going to be a "a back-alley fight," Lions receiver Nate Burleson said. Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press has more.

  • The Lions need their defensive line to step up, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.

  • Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford wants to make the most of his opportunity after replacing the injured Mistral Raymond, writes Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.

  • The father of Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway was in the stands at the Metrodome last Sunday for his son's huge game against the San Francisco 49ers, according to Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune. Alan Greenway has been suffering from leukemia.

  • An architect will be chosen Friday for the Vikings' new stadium, notes the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

  • Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones is dealing with a foot injury, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Jones apparently told people at an event Tuesday night that it is broken but he is playing through the injury.

  • Most of the plays Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked on Monday night were due to coverage, writes Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Here are the times Rodgers had to throw, based on McGinn's film study: "3.0 seconds, 2.9, 3.7, 4.5, 4.3, 5.4, 2.6 and 4.9 seconds." … Typically, anything over three seconds is acceptable.

  • Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com has an extended version of Rodgers' comments about the NFL's replacement officials.