Kahlil Bell will start at running back for Bears

The Chicago Bears will turn to their third quarterback Sunday night when they meet the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. They’ll also be moving to their third running back.

Marion Barber will miss the game with a calf muscle injury, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. He was injured in last Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and Barber missed about three weeks in preseason with a calf injury.

That means Kahlil Bell will start in his place and carry the load after getting a share of the work with Barber after starter Matt Forte went out with a knee sprain on Dec. 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“There are bigger concerns I have, and Kahlil is not one of them,'' coach Lovie Smith said. "I vividly remember his first carry he had at Soldier Field (a franchise-rookie record 72-yard run). I see him every day in practice going against our No. 1 defense.

"He can make you miss in the open field. He can run with power inside. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. I'm excited about the opportunity he has.''

It figures Bell will also be the starter next week when the Bears close out the regular season at Minnesota, the team Bell initially signed with as an undrafted free agent from UCLA. The Bears promoted Armando Allen from the practice squad and could look at him too.

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