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Report: Forte is believed to have a torn MCL

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A bad day for the Bears could be getting worse.

Running back Matt Forte is believed to have a torn MCL, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Forte’s absence will depend on the degree of the injury.  With a mild tear, the rope-like MCL can heal on its own.

The injury came when Forte took a helmet to the knee from Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson.  Forte had 12 yards on five carries before the injury, and he did not return.

The Bears generated only three points for the game.  The second straight loss drops them to 7-5.

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41 Responses to “Report: Forte is believed to have a torn MCL”
  1. flavordave says: Dec 4, 2011 5:12 PM

    And there’s your reason why he made so much noise still getting a contract early on . you know for sure that Desean Jackson is watching that 1

  2. ramal1dw says: Dec 4, 2011 5:12 PM

    That sucks for Forte. Bears organization screwed him by refusing to pay him and now he gets the worst possible outcome. Should have sat out thru training camp until they decided to take care of his contract. Now he’s lost a TON of leverage. Just another shady move by a shady GM to get what he wanted without treating anyone around him with respect. I’ll continue to root against the Bears until they get rid of Jerry Angelo.

  3. theeperspective says: Dec 4, 2011 5:12 PM

    well chicago… atleast you’ll have a higher draft pick

  4. picksix401 says: Dec 4, 2011 5:14 PM

    what a shame.. this is a guy that was legitimately playing for his contract and the bears just took advantage of the situation, overused him, & eventually ran him into the ground.

  5. KIR says: Dec 4, 2011 5:15 PM

    Chris Johnson looks like a genius compared to Matt Forte and Fred Jackson! You’ve got to hold out when you outperform your rookie contract and you have leverage. Get hurt, under perform and you will be cut or asked to take a pay cut. These NFL contracts mean nothing. I hope Arian Foster makes it through the season.

    All of the people saying he should have taken the offer. I’d like to see you outperform the pay on your job and let your employer offer you less than what others with similar production are making. I guess you don’t believe in capitalism or you believe everyone should accept what an employer offers. Can’t have it both ways.

  6. steeltown56 says: Dec 4, 2011 5:17 PM

    Shame…. Tough good player.

  7. norcalchief says: Dec 4, 2011 5:17 PM

    This is why I have no problem at all when a guy who has been a proven producer holds out for big money. Every flippin’ play these guys financial and physical future is on the line. The owners aren’t the only ones allowed to make “business decisions”.

    Hope Forte can make it back to full strength and get a big-time contract. He’s been handling his business like a pro all year.

  8. wegonnadoitbaby says: Dec 4, 2011 5:18 PM

    I hope it’s nothing serious. The guy is a warrior and has never gotten the national recognition he deserves.
    He has a payday coming and he has certainly earned it.

  9. thridandlong says: Dec 4, 2011 5:23 PM

    KIR says:
    Dec 4, 2011 5:15 PM

    Chris Johnson looks like a genius compared to Matt Forte and Fred Jackson! You’ve got to hold out when you outperform your rookie contract and you have leverage. Get hurt, under perform and you will be cut or asked to take a pay cut. These NFL contracts mean nothing. I hope Arian Foster makes it through the season.

    ====================================

    Great observation ! This will now be standard operating procedure going forward !

  10. jutts says: Dec 4, 2011 5:26 PM

    Is it a sprain or a tear? The article says a sprain.

  11. KIR says: Dec 4, 2011 5:26 PM

    Ok they expect Forte to run hard when he gets back. Would you?

  12. austin2720 says: Dec 4, 2011 5:27 PM

    even as a lions fan i think matt forte is awsome. The bears are a cheap organization that wont pay their good players and look what happens to the player doing his part. NO CLASS, just look at that draft day debacle they had recently not finalizing a trade screwing over the other team. BEARS ORG. SUCKS A BIG ONE!!!!

  13. lilrob10201 says: Dec 4, 2011 5:30 PM

    Wow.The Bears offense lose their main peice of their offense.That has to suck.

  14. freedomispopular says: Dec 4, 2011 5:30 PM

    This is why you don’t pay top money to runningbacks. They’re a dime a dozen with short life cycles. I feel for the man, not getting the contract he wanted, and now getting hurt, but I don’t like to pay a lot of money for a product that I know isn’t going to last very long, and neither should any NFL team.

  15. effjohntaylornorelation says: Dec 4, 2011 5:30 PM

    Hopefully ownership realizes that Angelo and Smith did everything in their power to destroy a mans ability to earn a living. I understand the NFL is a business but does any business really want to be thougt of in the light most football fans think of the Bears GM and coach. Eventually the bad press catches up with you. Good luck with your rehab Matt. Your performance this season was incredible!

  16. ravenspit says: Dec 4, 2011 5:32 PM

    I hope Forte is out for the rest of the season, fully heals, then gets a big pay day some where else. The bears do not deserve him.

  17. ducksnbears says: Dec 4, 2011 5:35 PM

    ramal1dw says:
    Dec 4, 2011 5:12 PM
    That sucks for Forte. Bears organization screwed him by refusing to pay him and now he gets the worst possible outcome. Should have sat out thru training camp until they decided to take care of his contract. Now he’s lost a TON of leverage. Just another shady move by a shady GM to get what he wanted without treating anyone around him with respect. I’ll continue to root against the Bears until they get rid of Jerry Angelo.

    ___________________________________

    I wish people would stop saying this. They did make him an offer of around $30 million, with about $14 million guaranteed, but he decided to hold out for more because of what he saw Gore and Johnson get. I’m not saying it was the best offer but they did make him a pretty good one, and $14 mil guaranteed is a lot of mula.

    Best wishes Matt, get well soon.

  18. 1265lombardiave says: Dec 4, 2011 5:36 PM

    If Chicago doesn’t want Forte please ship him up to Green Bay. Packers would be off the charts with a pass catcher like Forte at RB.

    As a Packer fan I still respect the hell out of Chicago..the tradition,history,rivalry and Chicago is my fav. city by far. But Angelo sucks and is a disgrace to that fan base and franchise.

    Every other team would have paid Forte ages ago.

  19. spacincasen says: Dec 4, 2011 5:38 PM

    People, the Bears offered Forte a pretty fair deal… this is why it is risky for teams to pay a RB the kind of contract that Chris Johnson and Deangelo Williams received. I love Forte but you can’t blame the franchise for not being able to get a deal done during a time period where the market for RBs seems to be badly skewed. Hope he comes back soon….

  20. vision415 says: Dec 4, 2011 5:41 PM

    Honestly I was praising Forte for handling his contract (or lack thereof) with class while really talking trash about DeSean Jackson. I have to say after this I am on the side of the players all the way. I truly hope he’s OK.

    These teams stiffing these guys like this and then applying the franchise tag like pouring salt in the wound is just too bad. I think teams have WAY too much leverage on this subject. If a team can simply ‘cut’ a player and void a better part of the contract, why can’t players ‘cut’ teams?

    What’s really sad is that these owners come out and trash talk players that hold out trying to make it look like they (owners) are somehow getting screwed. Give me a break.

  21. kyleortonsarm says: Dec 4, 2011 5:41 PM

    Thankfully this is happening before they go to Denver. If Chiefs hold them to 3 I guess we’ll see if it’s possible to get negative points against Denver.

  22. KIR says: Dec 4, 2011 5:44 PM

    @freedomispopular

    This is why you don’t pay top money to runningbacks. They’re a dime a dozen with short life cycles. I feel for the man, not getting the contract he wanted, and now getting hurt, but I don’t like to pay a lot of money for a product that I know isn’t going to last very long, and neither should any NFL team.
    ______________________________
    You don’t know what you’re talking about.

    UnProven Contracts
    Ryan Fitzpatrick, 6-year, $59 million
    Matt Cassel 6-year, $62.7 million
    Kevin Kolb 5-year, $63 million contract

    Who would you rather have on your team? Those Quarterbacks or these running backs? Case Closed

    Proven Underpaid
    Arian Foster, Matt Forte, Fred Jackson

  23. doe22us says: Dec 4, 2011 5:46 PM

    MCL’s are not that bad if its a sprain no biggie, a tear of the MCL in terms of the lesser of two evils with an ACL, i will take an MCL.

  24. perno13 says: Dec 4, 2011 5:49 PM

    Sprained MCL, not torn MCL.

  25. ryanw411 says: Dec 4, 2011 5:54 PM

    This may be a blessing in disguise for Forte. With a torn MCL it should be enough to prevent the Bears from franchising him and get him to the open market, but not serious enough that teams won’t be willing to sign him to a big deal. Forte is young and a hard worker that strives to be a better player, if you are going to pay a RB big money it is to a guy in Forte’s position age and development wise.

  26. jimmysee says: Dec 4, 2011 5:57 PM

    I’m a Packers fan — I want to beat the Bears when they’re at their best.

    Very sorry to hear about this.

    Missing Cutler and Forte when the Pack meets the Bears later this month at Lambeau is a bummer.

  27. kingjoe1 says: Dec 4, 2011 5:59 PM

    Well this certainly will give Desean Jackson more reason to do nothing for his 600 thousan dollar salary.

  28. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 4, 2011 6:17 PM

    I hate it for Forte, been waiting all year for this moment. Just was hoping it wouldn’t.

    Now I think I know why they hold out. I don’t like it anymore than anyone who’s bitched about CJ this season. But CJ can hurt his knee tomorrow and doesn’t have to worry about how he’ll feed his family or provide housing. Forte didn’t have that kind of salary and now, has those kind of problems.

  29. chorn says: Dec 4, 2011 6:23 PM

    The Bears offered Forte a decent contract, Forte passed on it.

    Running backs have a short shelf life, things like this are the exact reason you don’t pay one big money.

  30. ha5ko says: Dec 4, 2011 6:32 PM

    Thank you Chicago, for another fine example of how to treat a player.

    Forte deserved better

  31. pudgalvin says: Dec 4, 2011 6:45 PM

    Could be wrong here, but isn’t any sprain of the MCL a tear? And then the degree of the sprain is just how bad the ligament is torn. I think that’s what I learned after Cutler’s MCL injury last year. They vary from coming back that day (Julius Peppers has been playing on an MCL sprain for a month) to being out 4 weeks.

  32. jonesjack says: Dec 4, 2011 6:56 PM

    Really sad day for a quality player.

  33. fearnlothin says: Dec 4, 2011 7:14 PM

    To say that the Bears did some how did something wrong is flat out untrue. The Bears did offer Matt Forte a contract, and it was a competitive offer. Forte turned down that contract extension, choosing to bank on the fact he would make it through the season healthy, and make much more money on the open market. Forte decided to take the risk, and it did not work out well for him. I feel terrible that it worked out this way for him. He has been playing phenomenally, and to see him go down was tough.

    The Bears made the right call here, though, they owned all the cards. Forte was still under contract, therefore they did not need to sign him. Not to mention the franchise tag is available for him next year. Had the Bears signed him to Deangelo Williams money, people would have been up in arms, saying that was the wrong thing to do. The Bears played this the way they should have.

  34. sweetmike7 says: Dec 4, 2011 7:33 PM

    It definitely looks like now the bears will put the franchise tag on forte
    for the next few years

  35. KIR says: Dec 4, 2011 7:34 PM

    Matt Forte is the best runner and receiver ON THE TEAM. He is 50% of their offense. 50%! The bears offer was insulting

    Again, consider these contracts. What is it that you all don’t understand about production and proven talent?

    UnProven Contracts
    Ryan Fitzpatrick, 6-year, $59 million
    Matt Cassel 6-year, $62.7 million
    Kevin Kolb 5-year, $63 million contract

  36. colinsnooks says: Dec 4, 2011 7:37 PM

    So when a talented player is holding out, that means the team is cheap, the player is greedy and should be thankful he plays a game for a living, and just get out there and play. When the talented player plays out his contract, the player is stupid for assuming the injury risk and the organization is classless and screws the player by refusing to pay.

    How does a good rookie get a respectable second contract without someone being the bad guy?

  37. chadinkc30 says: Dec 4, 2011 7:37 PM

    If the Bears gave Forte the contract extension, it would be all of you saying how its dumb to pay running backs big money because they are always a risk to getting hurt. Looks like the cheap Bears look like the smart ones to me

  38. juniorak715 says: Dec 4, 2011 8:02 PM

    Forte was offered ENOUGH money. He got greedy. Plain and simple. The Bears did all they could to get the deal done. They shouldn’t overpay cuz other teams are stupid enough to do so. Anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot.

    And I bet any money the Bears still tag him. The man ain’t going anywhere!!

  39. philtration says: Dec 4, 2011 8:45 PM

    ramal1dw says: Dec 4, 2011 5:12 PM

    That sucks for Forte. Bears organization screwed him by refusing to pay him and now he gets the worst possible outcome. Should have sat out thru training camp until they decided to take care of his contract.
    =================================

    For the millionth time… the Bears offered Forte a fat contract and he decided to turn them down.
    He walked away from $15 million guaranteed and he rolled the dice because he felt that he could get more.

    It was Forte’s gamble since the Bears could just franchise him if he refused their next offer after this season.

  40. KIR says: Dec 4, 2011 10:04 PM

    Forte doesn’t have to sign the Franchise offer. He can wait until the day before the first game if he wants to sign it at all. Devin Hester held out and got paid. That’s the only way to deal with teams who do not want to pay rookies who have outperformed their contracts.

    Who are you all to determine what’s enough. HE’s 50% OF THE OFFENSE. He has value and leverage. He should fire his current agent for letting him show up this year.

  41. mashoaf says: Dec 5, 2011 12:06 AM

    Joe Jurevicius says, “He’s seen worse.”

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