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MRI confirms knee sprain for Matt Forte


An MRI confirmed Monday that Bears running back Matt Forte isn’t out for the season.

He will be out at least a few weeks, and it’s worth wondering where the Bears will stand in the playoff race when Forte is able to play again.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Forte has a grade 2 MCL sprain.  There was no damage to his ACL. He could be out anywhere from 2-6 weeks according to ESPN’s Trey Wingo.

Forte has to be breathing a sigh of relief.  We wouldn’t blame him one bit if he didn’t rush back to the lineup until he was fully healthy considering his contract is up at the end of the year.

We made the case a few weeks ago that the Bears weren’t guaranteed to win any given week after Jay Cutler’s injury and they could go 2-4 down the stretch.

Bears fans were apoplectic, citing examples like a home game against Kansas City as sure wins.

After Sunday’s 10-3 loss against the Chiefs and Forte’s injury, all bets are off with this team. It took an injury for Cutler’s true value to show up.

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42 Responses to “MRI confirms knee sprain for Matt Forte”
  1. doug1grohlin says: Dec 5, 2011 11:18 AM

    All the people that bash Cutler really need to eat their words.

  2. pencepost says: Dec 5, 2011 11:18 AM

    If I were Forte, I wouldn’t step on the field again without a new contract.

  3. lisabearsfan says: Dec 5, 2011 11:21 AM

    Devastation for the Bears. We are toast for the year.

  4. rayvens says: Dec 5, 2011 11:22 AM

    MRI confirms knee sprain for Matt Forte
    Stick a Fork in the Bears!

  5. superskins says: Dec 5, 2011 11:24 AM

    Adjective: Overcome with anger; extremely indignant.

  6. shaggytoodle says: Dec 5, 2011 11:25 AM

    He is going to be bitter about how this went down, and thats going to be tougher when it comes to resign him.

    They Bears didn’t care to help him out, why should he stick around.

  7. pkrjones says: Dec 5, 2011 11:26 AM

    Apparently it took an injury for Forte’s true value to show up (hello, Jerry Angelo, are you paying attention?) ~ your team won’t make the playoffs without Cutler AND Forte ~ 90% of all scoring. The other 10% of the scoring is already making $10Mil/year.

  8. KIR says: Dec 5, 2011 11:27 AM

    Does anyone expect Forte to come back with a bulky knee WITHOUT A CONTRACT and risk his entire career? This injury has already hurt his value. Newsflash, he’s not coming back folks. Would you?

  9. freebird2011 says: Dec 5, 2011 11:29 AM

    A loss to the surging Broncos, which may have Von Miller back, would mean the Bears are toast. Beat the Broncos and it’s a different story.

  10. lrt79 says: Dec 5, 2011 11:32 AM

    Yep, that’s the season. If we could only put 3 points up against the Chiefs, what happens when we face a good team? Blowout, that’s what.

    Cutler should be in MVP consideration just for how godawful the Bears offense has looked without him. That 5 game win streak they had before the injury? That wasn’t the offense gelling, that was Jay Cutler playing at the top of his game.

  11. tombradyallday says: Dec 5, 2011 11:34 AM

    to jerry angelo. u never know what u got till its gone. pay forte

  12. lisabearsfan says: Dec 5, 2011 11:39 AM

    I agree with you 100%, I never knew how much I loved Cutler until now.

  13. kidpresentable says: Dec 5, 2011 11:43 AM

    So this means that on the injury report for this week we’ll see “Bears Playoff hopes upgraded from screwed to pretty much screwed.”

  14. schmokes says: Dec 5, 2011 11:46 AM

    I don’t normally agree with players holding out, but Forte really needs to.

  15. eaglesnoles05 says: Dec 5, 2011 11:46 AM

    Forte probably wants to go to the packers at this point, citing “eff Chicago, man,” as his reasoning. I think it’d be great.

  16. greenpacker says: Dec 5, 2011 11:50 AM

    The Bears definitely can still make the playoffs and Hanie has plenty of room to improve. I’ll drop a name that hasnt been mentioned on this page yet MARION “the BARBARIAN” BARBER, come on now guys. Beat the Seahawks, Vikings, and Bronchristians and the Bears will be 10-5. And who is saying my Packers wont be benching key players for the Xmas day game??

  17. thekiy says: Dec 5, 2011 11:51 AM

    Lions are going to make the playoffs now. Giants and Cowboys play twice and one will eliminate the other. Atlanta is a lock, but the Bears have nothing.

    Sucks for Forte, he deserves so much better.

  18. mushroomcloudmofo says: Dec 5, 2011 11:51 AM

    I think the Bears have a challenge ahead of them, but are far from out. This team still has a top-10 D, and game-changing special teams. It’s not exactly like the Lions, Falcons, Eagles, Giants/Cowboys are running away with the Wild Card spots.

  19. b7p19 says: Dec 5, 2011 11:54 AM

    Everybody is busting on Desean Jackson, but something like this shows you why players shouldn’t lay anything on the line until the teams locks them up.

  20. gooboy6 says: Dec 5, 2011 11:54 AM

    Derrick Johnson made a hell of a play and although you never want to see someone get hurt.

    DJ should be in the pro bowl for sure but he plays in KC. If he played for the Jets, he would be first team all pro

  21. jimmysee says: Dec 5, 2011 11:55 AM

    If Forte gets a new contract, he should also demand better turf at Soldier Field.

    The playing surface represents a career hazard for every player.

  22. cameran0804 says: Dec 5, 2011 11:55 AM


  23. wingz101 says: Dec 5, 2011 11:56 AM

    What’s with all the doom and gloom Bears’ fans? All we kept hearing about the past few weeks was how the Bears win with defense and special teams and Caleb Hanie would make no difference in the grand scheme of things. Seemed like in Chicago, having any kind of offense is just a bonus. Sadly that tool of a GM of your actually believed it. Now there is no Cutler, there is no way Forte ever plays for you again (without instant overpayment) and your defense just got beat by Tyler Palko – pathetic.

  24. ike1973 says: Dec 5, 2011 11:58 AM

    If the bears wern’t done when cutler went down they’re definitely done now. It’s funny how karma comes back around to bite you in the ass ain’t it bears fans.

    Da bears r dun

  25. dburgoyne says: Dec 5, 2011 12:01 PM

    Unless a guy is injured, McCarthy isn’t the coach to rest starters. He’s all about momentum. They will have a bye to rest players. I expect the starters to compete through week 17.

  26. traevin says: Dec 5, 2011 12:02 PM

    You don’t think Tebow had something to do with knocking Forte out for the next game, do you? I hear those prayers to the J-Man are potent stuff.

  27. ravensfan4life52 says: Dec 5, 2011 12:03 PM

    Not in time for fantasy playoffs. My team is now doomed. NOOOOOOO!

  28. doug1grohlin says: Dec 5, 2011 12:25 PM

    ike1973 says: Dec 5, 2011 11:58 AM

    If the bears wern’t done when cutler went down they’re definitely done now. It’s funny how karma comes back around to bite you in the ass ain’t it bears fans.

    Da bears r dun
    Karma for what?

  29. donmajik7 says: Dec 5, 2011 12:34 PM

    “Not in time for fantasy playoffs. My team is now doomed. NOOOOOOO!”

    Nobody gives a damn about your fantasy team…Move out of your mom’s basement!!!

  30. ch0rn says: Dec 5, 2011 12:43 PM

    The Bears offered Forte a fair contract, Forte turned it down.

    Knee injuries are EXACTLY why you don’t give a RB big money. They have a short shelf life.

  31. lisabearsfan says: Dec 5, 2011 12:57 PM

    Yes, Karma for what? You make no sense.

  32. chasewa says: Dec 5, 2011 1:21 PM

    Its unfortunate that Forte was hurt, but for everyone bashing the Bears for mistreating him and wearing him out, please remember that Forte declined an offer of 6 million per year with over 14 million guaranteed.

    Its not his fault he took a helmet to the knee. But it is his fault that he doesn’t have a new contract.

  33. ike1973 says: Dec 5, 2011 1:29 PM

    …for the peppers hit on Stafford last year and the Calvin Johnson rule. Make sense now?

  34. rubbernilly says: Dec 5, 2011 1:39 PM

    He should go to the organization now and say, “You know, for the next several weeks, I’m going to have no distractions besides my rehab, so we have a perfect window to get his contract done. Before I hit the field again.”

  35. lrt79 says: Dec 5, 2011 1:40 PM

    Only if by “make sense now” you actually mean, “I have no idea what I’m talking about.”

    Then yes, that makes all the sense in the world

  36. rubbernilly says: Dec 5, 2011 1:54 PM

    s/b “get *this* contract done.” Sorry.

  37. packfaninchitown says: Dec 5, 2011 1:55 PM

    Thanks for handing the Pack the division on a silver platter Bears. Prepare to be Tebow’d I guess eh?

  38. dublindemonszfl says: Dec 5, 2011 2:20 PM

    Forte will never play for the Bears again. Management will pay a price for not signing him for years to come, why? Because players will not want to play for them. Rookies sign short contracts and get out of Chicago.

  39. therealzeitgeist says: Dec 5, 2011 2:41 PM

    On personal basis, I’m happy for Forte. Since the Bears aren’t going anywhere, I hope Forte plays it safe and risks his talented self for what he’s relatively worth after he gets a deal.

    For a guy who’s done as well as he has to blow a knee making the minimum would be a tragedy.

  40. klunge says: Dec 5, 2011 2:45 PM

    ike1973 says:
    Dec 5, 2011 1:29 PM
    …for the peppers hit on Stafford last year and the Calvin Johnson rule. Make sense now?

    Please be quiet and stop making it even harder on the rest of us Lions fans that it already is. It’s been near impossible to defend the team lately, and we darn sure aren’t going to expend the energy to come to your defense for idiotic comments.
    Peppers is a good player who made a legit hit on Stafford, who just broke. The call was bogus, but if it happened the other way we’d all have been happy with the W and said “Oh well!”
    Injuries happen all the time in football, it’s not karma it’s the nature of the sport. Stop trying to make it some kind of existential issue.

  41. wydok says: Dec 5, 2011 3:57 PM

    Watching that play reminded me of what happened to Gayle Sayers. Sayers’ injury was much, much worse.

  42. beauregard says: Dec 5, 2011 7:06 PM

    I would think Tebow and the surging Broncos are the last thing this team next week. Von Miller and Elvis are going to eat the back up QB.

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