Benson leaves game in second quarter after injuring ankle

11/25/2007 - NFL Cedric Benson Chicago Bears + more

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson hurt his
left ankle at the end of a 21-yard run early in the second quarter
of Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos and had to leave the
field on a cart.

He did not return. Coach Lovie Smith said after the game Benson
had an ankle injury but did not elaborate on his condition. Benson
carried eight times for 47 yards.

"Whenever you don't finish the game, of course, that's not
good," Smith said. "He has a pretty good ankle injury."

Benson, who took over this season as the Bears' starting
tailback after the trade of Thomas Jones, broke free for the long
run, but was hurt as he landed while being tackled by Denver safety
Hamza Abdullah. Benson lost the ball on the play, but officials
ruled he was already down before it came loose.

The play occurred with 12:52 left in the first half.

Benson stayed down on the field for several minutes and then the
cart came to take him away. He was replaced by Adrian Peterson.