With Week 4 of the NFL season on the horizon, injuries are beginning to take their toll on some star players and championship-caliber teams.
The defending Super Bowl champions are hoping that their starting running back can return to their backfield this weekend, while two other playoff hopefuls are awaiting the return of their banged-up offensive stars.
Here we get you up to date with the latest buzz on the league's top injured RBs.
The versatile Chicago Bears running back has been out since suffering a sprained right ankle in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers.
According to NFL Insider Jason La Canfora via Twitter, the Bears are looking at other RB options while Forte recovers:
Ryan Grant working out for the Bears today. Matt Forte likely to be out at least through this week— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) Sept. 25, 2012
The fifth-year back has 23 rushes for 111 yards and score this season. Chicago still boasts the NFL's 13th-best rushing attack despite Forte's absence over the last few quarters of football.
Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee has not been ruled out for this weekend after taking a shot to the midsection against the Houston Texans in Week 3.
McGahee suffered cartilage damage from the hit according to Rotoworld NFL writer Adam Levitan via Twitter:
Willis McGahee officially day to day. All we know is he has rib cartilage damage. Sounds painful. bit.ly/oxFUNN— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) Sept. 25, 2012
McGahee is averaging 4.3 yards per rush this season and has two touchdowns in three games. The veteran back is Denver's leading rusher by far this season. Lance Ball is way behind in terms of yards with just 34 total in 2012.
Ahmad Bradshaw injured himself in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but is expected to return to the Giants lineup this weekend.
According to NJ.com Sports via Twitter, Bradshaw has guaranteed he will play in Week 4:
Giants Ahmad Bradshaw guarantees he'll play against the Eagles. nj-ne.ws/SPWT6M— NJ.com Sports (@NJ_Sports) Sept. 25, 2012
Like McGahee, Bradshaw is averaging 4.3 yards per carry this season. Still, the dominant play of backup Andre Brown over the last two games has to make New York a little hesitant to take away carries from him.
Brown has 184 yards and three touchdowns on the ground this season. Bradshaw boasts more experience for New York, though, and could find his way onto the field for that reason.
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