Bears mum on health of Khalil Herbert (hip)


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears running back Khalil Herbert suffered a hip injury late in his team's 31-30 loss to the Lions on Sunday, and it remains unclear whether he'll miss time moving forward.

Herbert suffered the injury while returning a kickoff ahead of the Bears’ final drive of the game. He walked with a clear limp after the game. On Monday, coach Matt Eberflus declined to offer details on the extent of Herbert’s injury, deferring to the team’s first injury report of the week on Wednesday.

Herbert has rushed 108 times for 643 yards and four touchdowns this season. He carried 10 times for 57 yards Sunday.

In other injury news, Bears tight end Cole Kmet confirmed he’s OK after he limped off the field on the team's final offensive possession. Kmet collided with Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah and was struck around the thigh. Okudah reacted to a miscommunication in coverage, Kmet, and he had an opportunity to make a play if not for the collision.

“They were messed up in their coverage,” Kmet said. “So, I don’t know what they had called or what was supposed to happen. They were playing zone to our three-man side, and it looked like Okudah reacted late, maybe going with (Bears receiver Dante) Pettis on the shallow.

“I don’t know what they had, but it worked out for them where they put basically a pick on me.”

The Bears' drive then stalled as they turned the ball over on downs, which sealed their loss. Kmet had four receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns Sunday.

Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson played through an oblique injury Sunday that he had been dealing with in practice last week. Johnson struggled in the game, but Eberflus stressed that his ailment couldn't be used as an excuse.

“We don't make excuses,” Eberflus said. “He was out there playing. We got to play."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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