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Chicago Bears running back Kahlil Bell expected to be released today

The injury to WR Alshon Jeffery has the Bears making roster moves during their Bye week. Looks like RB Kahlil Bell will be headed out of town...

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Running back Kahlil Bell stormed onto the Chicago Bears scene three seasons ago, when his first rushing attempt in the NFL was a 72 yard rumble against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football. Since then, Bell's time in Chicago has been in flux, playing both the inactive reserve role, as well as making the starting roster when injuries occurred.

It looks like his time is finally coming to an end today, with the Bears expected to make room for a wide receiver now that rookie Alshon Jeffery will be sidelined for several weeks with a broken hand. Vaughn McClure tweets: "Bears RB Kahlil Bell expected to be released today, according to source. Team apparently wants to fill void at receiver with Jeffery hurt."

Bell was an unrestricted free agent after the 2011 season, and the Bears signed him to a one-year deal in April of 2012. A few months later, the team needed to free up some cap space, and asked for Bell's contract to be reduced. Bell refused, so the team took the expected route of releasing Bell from the team, and re-signing him to a new, reduced contract a few weeks later.

Kahlil Bell wants to play football somewhere, but with Matt Forte healthy, and Michael Bush proving to be the solid #2 guy on the roster, it won't be in Chicago.

Stay tuned...