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- Bears' Cedric Benson Injures Shoulder

Chris Pokorny August 5, 2006
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After an impressive season, Thomas Jones saw his starting spot fade to the youngster, Cedric Benson. However, an injury can always change things. Benson was carted off the field on Friday after injuring his left shoulder. X-rays were going to be taken on Saturday, but Benson had his arm and shoulder in a sling. The injury occurred after Benson was hit by linebacker Brian Urlacher and safety Mike Brown after catching a pass over the middle of the field.

"He broke through, a freak accident, those kind of things happen," said Bears head coach Lovie Smith. "Hopefully it isn't too serious."

What makes things worse is that Jones is already out indefinitely with a pulled hamstring. Due to the team's depth at running back though, they still have Adrian Peterson, who has seen a lot of playing time during his career for being a third-stringer. The coaches have always been impressed with his gameplay.

PFC Analysis: This can certainly hurt Benson’s playing time if the injury is anything serious. If Jones is able to return, he may be the starter and play as much as he did last year. All three running backs should not be taken in the early rounds at this point.

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