The Chicago Bears were undermanned upon arrival for their matchup with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Three of the team's biggest contributors -- running back Matt Forte, wide receiver Eddie Royal and outside linebakcer Pernell McPhee -- did not even make the short trip to St. Louis. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news, and the team confirmed his report shortly thereafter (h/t Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune).
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Forte is the team's leading rusher with 548 yards on the season, but rookie running back Jeremy Langford has been an effective fill-in. The Bears aren't as lucky when it comes to Royal and McPhee, since the roster is short on veteran pass-catchers and elite pass-rushers.
All three players are dealing with knee injuries.