Bears running back Khalil Herbert (hip) expected to return this season


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears running back Khalil Herbert is expected to return this season from a hip injury, perhaps in time for Chicago's game against Buffalo on Dec. 24.

Herbert is eligible to be activated off injured reserve following the Bears' game against the Eagles this coming Sunday, then he could play in the final three contests of the regular season. The Bears are encouraged by what Herbert has shown in his recovery, coach Matt Eberflus said Monday. Eberflus indicated Herbert will be designated for a return from injured reserve next week.

“He’s getting ready to go,” Eberflus said. “He’s been hitting his max speeds. His jumps look good, and the power in his legs look great. So, we’re excited about that.”

A sixth-round pick of the Bears in 2021, Herbert has rushed 108 times for 643 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games this season. He suffered the hip injury during a kickoff return in the Bears' loss to the Lions on Nov. 13.

In other injury news Monday, Bears cornerback Kyler Gordon and safety Jaquan Brisker were each cleared from the concussion protocol. Both Gordon and Brisker will require a ramp-up period for their returns, Eberflus said.

The Bears (3-10) and Eagles (12-1) kick off at noon CT on Sunday from Soldier Field.

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