New uniform, same old story. Marion Barber has been ruled for the Bears week one contest against the Falcons. Barber has a well documented history of injuries but the team still felt comfortable enough to let veteran back up Chester Taylor walk. The #2 RB for the Bears on Sunday will be Kahlil Bell, who got exactly zero carries in 2010.
The expert rankings at NFL.com have Matt Forte as the #12 RB for week one. Two experts have him at 13 and two at 14 and that somehow equals 12.
WalterFootball.com has Forte a bit higher at #9 overall and they say he should do well despite an improve D for the Falcons.
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Any game that Barber doesn’t play is good news for Forte owners because it increases the liklihood that Forte gets the goal line action. Forte is a guy that should probably never be on your bench when he’s healthy. Barber is still the guy to have as a handcuff, but we don’t think he’s a very important handcuff. If Forte goes down owners that have him, as well as the Bears, are screwed. Barber can’t stay healthy in a back up role so he’s not going to be able to carry the load if he has to fill in as the #1.