Biggs: Kidney injury will sideline Wolfe for season

Chicago Bears running back Garrett Wolfe is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a lacerated kidney.

Wolfe, one of the leading rushers in NCAA history at Northern Illinois, was injured in the Nov. 8 game with Arizona and spent three nights hospitalized. He is expected to make a full return.

Wolfe was the No. 2 running back behind Matt Forte but with the Bears running game struggling mightily, opportunities were hard to come by. He was one of the core special teams players for Dave Toub and was third on the team in tackles.

“He’s a great kid and it’s unfortunate,’’ general manager Jerry Angelo said. ``I was hoping he would start integrating more into the offense and [offensive coordinator] Ron [Turner] was using him more in practices, and he’s done a good job on special teams. I wanted to see him take another step as a runner.’’

It’s unknown if the Bears will place Wolfe on injured reserve. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa was lost for the season with a knee injury five weeks ago at Atlanta, but he remains on the 53-man roster. The club would figure to need to get a back in the event a need arises as right now they have only Forte, Adrian Peterson and fullback Jason McKie. One option would be Khalil Bell, an undrafted free agent from UCLA, who has been on their practice squad since Sept. 16.

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