The depth at running back accumulated by the Chicago Bears took a hit on Wednesday:
Coach Fox shares that Ka'Deem Carey had wrist surgery, timetable for his return is approx. 6 weeks.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 23, 2017
Head coach John Fox announced running back Ka’Deem Carey had wrist surgery that could keep him out approximately six weeks. It’s a tough blow for the Bears on several levels. Carey wasn’t just a reserve behind Pro Bowl starter Jordan Howard, he was also a top-notch special teams contributor. However, Carey’s absence could help clear up the log jam the Bears currently have at running back.
Carey rushed 10 times for 38 yards in two preseason games, but wasn’t expected to do much as a rusher in the regular season because of the collection of talent ahead of him (and behind Howard) on the depth chart. With second-stringer Jeremy Langford sidelined with ankle problems, Tarik Cohen and Benny Cunningham have taken advantage and ran well behind the Bears’ offensive line.
It’s an unfortunate situation for Carey, but players like Cunningham and Deonte Thompson could be in line to get more reps as special team players with the fourth-year back from Arizona missing time due to injury.