Chicago Bears head coach John Fox announced today that running back Jacquizz Rodgers has been placed on injured reserve after breaking his arm in yesterday's win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Bears signed Rodgers as a free agent this past offseason after four years with the Atlanta Falcons. He was signed to a veteran-minimum contract and will earn $785,000 this year and counts $625,000 against the salary cap. Rodgers was the club's primary change-of-pace option in the backfield.
To replace Rodgers, the Bears signed Antone Smith, a free agent who spent five years with the Falcons. Smith is a homerun hitter (he ran a 4.33 40-yard dash coming out of Florida State in 2010) who average 6.3. yards per carry last season (23 carries, 144 yards, 2 TDs).
Placing Rodgers on IR likely means more touches for rookie Jeremy Langford, and may give last year's 4th-round pick Ka'Deem Carey an opportunity for playing time.