PRO CAREER: Rushed for 3,053 yards and 26 touchdowns on 746 attempts (4.1 ypc) in five seasons with the Oakland Raiders (2008-11) and Chicago Bears (2012)… Added 962 receiving yards and a touchdown on 100 receptions (9.6 ypc)… 20 rushing touchdowns over last three seasons (2010-12) are 13th most in the NFL… Has started 20-of-74 career games played, having appeared in at least 13 contests in each of his last five seasons… Spent entire 2007 rookie season rehabbing a leg injury which he suffered during his final collegiate season at Louisville.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Drafted by Oakland in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft… Signed a four-year contract with the Raiders (7/25/07)… Signed one-year deal with Oakland (8/6/11)… Signed four-year contract with Chicago
(3/22/12). SIGNED through 2015
2012 SEASON: In first season with Bears, tied for team lead with 5 rushing TDs in 13 games played with 1 start… Had 411 rushing yards on 114 carries (3.6 ypc)… Added 83 receiving yards on 9 receptions (9.2 ypc)… DNP in Week 15 vs. GB (12/16) due to ribs injury… Missed final 2 contests after being placed on Injured Reserve on Dec. 18 due to ribs injury. GAMES
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - In 16 games played for the Raiders, set career highs in rushing yards (977), attempts (256), receiving yards (418), receptions (37) and games started (9)… Seven rushing touchdowns were second most of his career and eight total touchdowns (one receiving) tied a career high… Tied for 15th in NFL in rushing touchdowns… Ranked 16th in the NFL in yards from scrimmage (1,395)… 1,158 yards from scrimmage over final 10 weeks of season were fifth most in the NFL and 839 rushing yards were eighth most… Started final nine contests of season. 2010 - Seventh in AFC and tied for 11th in NFL with 8 rushing touchdowns… Rushed for 655 yards on 158 attempts (4.1 ypc)… Added 194 receiving yards on 18 receptions (10.8 ypr)… Appeared in 14 contests with three starts. 2009 - Gathered 589 rushing yards on 123 carries (4.8 ypc) with three touchdowns… Hauled in 17 receptions for 105 yards (6.2 ypr)… Started seven of 16 games played.
2008 - Rushed for 421 yards and three touchdowns on 95 carries (4.4 ypc), adding 162 receiving yards on 19 catches (8.5 ypr)… Appeared in 15 contests. 2007 - Missed entire rookie season while recovering from leg injury suffered in final collegiate season at Louisville.
COLLEGE: Ended collegiate career ranked seventh all-time at University of Louisville in rushing yards (2,508) and rushing attempts (435)… 5.8 yards per rushing attempt ranks fourth in school history… 39 career rushing touchdowns were four shy of school record… String of nine-consecutive games with at least one rushing touchdown in 2005 is the second longest streak in Louisville history… Ran for more than 100 yards in 10 games during collegiate career… Set school singleseason records with 23 rushing touchdowns and 144 points scored in 2005… 23 rushing touchdowns rank third in Big East
Conference single-season history… His 1,143 yards rushing in 2005 rank seventh on the school’s single-season record list... 246 career points rank third in Louisville history… Majored in communications.
PERSONAL: At Louisville Male High School, spent his senior season playing quarterback… Also saw action at running back, wide receiver, defensive back, linebacker and defensive end… Finished his prep career ranked fourth in the state record books in career receiving yards (3,031) on 180 catches (16.8) and 37 touchdowns… Also rushed 256 times for 1,581 yards (6.2) and 25 scores and completed 221 of 385 passes (57.4 percent) for 3,379 yards and 40 touchdowns.
In their first away game of the season, the Bears storm to a 24-3 lead en route to a 40-23 win over the Steelers, improving to 3-0 for the first time since 2010.
Just in case last season didn’t provide enough evidence, Jay Cutler wasted little time Saturday night showing how much more explosive the Bears offense is when he’s operating it.
Tom Thayer and Larry Mayer review how the running backs performed in a season that included a Pro Bowl nod for Matt Forte.
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Highlights from the Bears 38-31 victory over the Browns in Cleveland Sunday.
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