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Bears bring back Kahlil Bell with Matt Forte nursing injury

Updated: October 17, 2012 6:49AM

With running back Matt Forte out indefinitely with a sprained ankle, the Bears re-signed Kahlil Bell to a one-year contract Saturday.

‘’I’m taking my talents back to Chicago. So happy to be back,’’ Bell tweeted. “Never wanted to leave.”

Forte, who missed the final four games of last season with a sprained knee, could miss two-to-six weeks after he reportedly suffered a high ankle sprain against the Green Bay Packers when he was tackled by Charles Woodson on a 15-yard pass play.

Michael Bush would replace Forte as the starter when the Bears (1-1) play the St. Louis Rams on
Sept. 23 at Soldier Field. ­Armando Allen, whose progress in training camp helped make Bell expendable, is the No. 3 running back behind Forte and Bush.

Bell, 25, is in the Forte mold as a versatile runner and receiver. He has played with the Bears the last four seasons, including three starts in 2011.

But he was cut before the third preseason game against the New York Giants after he refused to take a pay cut from the $1.26 million he was to receive in 2012. He cleared waivers but had not been signed by another team before the Bears called.

Bell rushed for 337 yards on 79 carries (4.3 yards per carry) last season. He also caught 19 passes for 133 yards and a 25-yard touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks.

He was particularly effective after Forte was injured against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13 last year, rushing for 314 yards on 68 carries (4.6 yards per carry), including 121 yards on 23 carries against the Packers at Lambeau Field.

The Bears waived rookie safety Jeremy Jones to make room for Bell on the 53-man roster.

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