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Lovie Smith says Matt Forte doesn’t have high ankle sprain

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Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith said that running back Matt Forte was still sore, but did not have a high ankle sprain.

Smith was short on specifics during his appearance on WBBM 780-AM (via ESPNChicago.com), but said he did think they’d need another back, which is why Kahlil Bell was re-signed.

“Matt did go down with an ankle injury. It’s not a high ankle sprain, as has been reported,” Smith said. “But right now, you know when you don’t finish the game and he still has some soreness, we’ll continue to monitor it, but we felt we needed another running back here, that’s why we brought back a guy who knows our system and has played good ball for us in Kahlil Bell.”

What Smith wouldn’t talk about during the radio show was quarterback Jay Cutler’s dust-up with left tackle J’Marcus Webb.

“We’ve moved on from the last game,” Smith said. “We didn’t play as well as we needed to. We didn’t handle some situations as we needed to. We like our football team. Things happen inside that you would like they weren’t portrayed in the public, but that happens sometimes and you move on.

“We don’t have any major issues except we lost the football game, and can’t wait for the team to get back on the field this week.”

Both Forte’s condition and Cutler’s command of the locker room are problems the Bears are going to have to deal with moving forward, whether Smith wants to address them or not.

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25 Responses to “Lovie Smith says Matt Forte doesn’t have high ankle sprain”
  1. bspurloc says: Sep 17, 2012 12:59 PM

    ah ok… so its a mid high ankle sprain then

  2. Kelly's Chronicles says: Sep 17, 2012 1:03 PM

    Jay Cutler messed up. Tick off your offensive lineman at your own peril!

  3. Bearfan54 says: Sep 17, 2012 1:07 PM

    Winning cures alot of problems. We just need to get back on the field and hopefully beat the Rams who are not going to be a pushover. Then we head to Dallas. If we can win these two games and Cutler reverts back to the way he was playing before he got injures last year we have a chance.

  4. rereynol says: Sep 17, 2012 1:14 PM

    How do you think Rogers and Brady would have reacted if they were sacked 9 times in their first two games? Hugs all around?

    Heck – Rogers freaked out on James Jones when he didnt come back on an INT in the same game – and the Pack had the win in the bag at the time.

  5. baned0n says: Sep 17, 2012 1:14 PM

    Once or twice a year, the media gets really mad at Jay. I guess it’s good to get it out of the way early, silly as it is.

  6. west4420 says: Sep 17, 2012 1:17 PM

    Webb can’t be ticked off. He’s the worst offensive tackle in the sport.

    Maybe people would understand the severity of the situation a little more if Webb misses another block and a Defensive End puts Cutler in a coma.

    When you miss blocks people can get injured. When you miss then habitually you can’t be on the field.
    When the staff refuses to replace the guy that gets you pounded for years straight you have the right to be pissed.

  7. skywalker720 says: Sep 17, 2012 1:19 PM

    Kelly’s Chronicles, J’Marcus Webb led the league in sacks and false starts last year. So what’s he going to do if he’s mad at Cutler that he isn’t already doing?

  8. lrt79 says: Sep 17, 2012 1:25 PM

    Cutler just can’t win.

    If he took 7 sacks and just sat there placidly on the sidelines we’d have heard about how he’s just not a leader and the locker room doesn’t respect him.

    Instead he took 7 sacks and yelled at the lineman who is responsible for allowing 27 sacks in two season and two games and because of that he’s just not a leader and the locker room doesn’t respect him.

    Sheesh.

  9. hatesycophants says: Sep 17, 2012 1:26 PM

    Hey rereynol,

    How about when Cutler wins a SuperBowl then he can yell at his teammates like Rodgers and Brady. Deal?

  10. mialto says: Sep 17, 2012 1:28 PM

    Both Forte and Cutler will bounce back in time, only real challenge is will that horrible OL open holes and protect? My bet, probably not. Start with Webb Nation!

  11. dcviking says: Sep 17, 2012 1:28 PM

    rereynol says: Sep 17, 2012 1:14 PM

    How do you think Rogers and Brady would have reacted if they were sacked 9 times in their first two games? Hugs all around?

    ——————————————-

    Not hugs all around, but I remember Rodgers get pummeled by the Vikings D-Line in 2009 and just get up and keep playing — no crying, no whining. I’ve never seen him hang his head and mope during a game.

    I have nothing against the Bears, but think the analogies between Cutler and Jeff George are right on.

  12. west4420 says: Sep 17, 2012 1:34 PM

    rereynol says:Sep 17, 2012 1:14 PM

    How do you think Rogers and Brady would have reacted if they were sacked 9 times in their first two games? Hugs all around?
    ——————————————

    More importantly, how do you think Rodgers, Brady, Brees and the Mannings would react if their organization ignored the problems for years while you got tuned up every game and didn’t account for it with scheme or personnel?

    Patriots and Pats use scheme to keep Brady and Rodgers alive and successful. They have both been in their quick strike/rhythm based offenses for years and years.

    Manning and Brees have both scheme and personnel.

    Cutler has no personnel, no continuity of scheme and people keep comparing the other future hall of famers to him. It’s not quite fair now is it?

  13. west4420 says: Sep 17, 2012 1:35 PM

    and we’ll still go to the playoffs.

  14. johnnyshore says: Sep 17, 2012 1:35 PM

    @rereynol says “How do you think Rogers and Brady would have reacted if they were sacked 9 times in their first two games? Hugs all around?”

    Well, that is the luxury of having a super bowl ring. Brady and Rogers can get away with yelling at their guys, because they are proven winners and players respect them enough to realize they are just being leaders. Jay Cutler has thus far been a mediocre quarterback, and it’s hard to take him serious when he himself was having a bad game as well.

  15. docsweeney says: Sep 17, 2012 1:50 PM

    Having the Bears offensive line is like going into a fight with Joe Besser as your muscle. “Ooooooo…not so hard, you guys!”

    Forte plays next week against Dallas.

  16. aljack88 says: Sep 17, 2012 1:52 PM

    dcviking says:
    Sep 17, 2012 1:28 PM
    rereynol says: Sep 17, 2012 1:14 PM

    How do you think Rogers and Brady would have reacted if they were sacked 9 times in their first two games? Hugs all around?

    ——————————————-

    Not hugs all around, but I remember Rodgers get pummeled by the Vikings D-Line in 2009 and just get up and keep playing — no crying, no whining. I’ve never seen him hang his head and mope during a game.
    ——————————-

    Several years ago, the Colts were playing…might have been the Rams, on MNF- national prime time TV. Manning was getting hit, sacked and having a real bad time with the D’s line. The camera’s caught Manning blasting the O linemen on the sidelines, I mean really getting into them. My favorite part was that Jeff Saturday finally just walked away from him while he was still ranting.
    …… but the Colts did come back and won that game.

  17. purpleguy says: Sep 17, 2012 1:53 PM

    An example of how everyone dislikes Cutler is the comments focusing upon him despite this being an article on Forte. While not as interesting or polarizing, I think the question of the day should be about Forte’s durability, or lack thereof.

  18. wnstonchill says: Sep 17, 2012 1:57 PM

    Those who are taking Cutler’s side on this, let’s turn the table. The next time Cutler throws one of his mindless interceptions, it’s J’Marcus Webb’s turn to walk up and shove him into next week. If that were to actually happen, Cutler will wind up in week 9 of the year 2016 with all of his bone head plays.

  19. LilTmac2003 says: Sep 17, 2012 1:59 PM

    Hopefully Matt is going to be all good.

    As for Jay Cutler, I feel for the dude. Deion Sanders after the game said he doesn’t know why Cutler was yelling at his O-Line b/c he got sacked 7 times…he said that Rodgers was sacked 5 times so there should be no complaining.

    …I don’t know if he was watching the same game as the rest of the world. Cutler was pressured, hit, hurried, knocked down, pushed, sacked, a gazillion times throughout the entire game.

    Rodgers didn’t have that same pressure on him at all. Yeah, he got sacked 5 times and got hurried a bit, but no where NEAR as much as Cutler.

    Bears O-Line were in the Green Bay spirit and they chose to be swiss cheese w/ all them holes.

    Brady does it all the time. Peyton does it all the time. Cutler is dying out there and the media is all bananas defending J’Marcus Webb.

    But I still think the Bears will hopefully be good to go.

  20. schmitty2 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:12 PM

    Webb better get it together because the Rams have a nice young DE by the name of Robert Quinn who might end up having a field day

  21. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 17, 2012 3:18 PM

    dcviking says: Sep 17, 2012 1:28 PM

    “I have nothing against the Bears, but think the analogies between Cutler and Jeff George are right on.”

    ________

    Yep, the fact that you’re named is “DC Viking” clearly means you have nothing against the Bears.

    It’s not like you root for a team that is a division rival of theirs or anything. You’re completely objective.

  22. Canned Heat says: Sep 17, 2012 3:36 PM

    LilTmac2003 says:
    Sep 17, 2012 1:59 PM
    Hopefully Matt is going to be all good.

    Brady does it all the time. Peyton does it all the time. Cutler is dying out there and the media is all bananas defending J’Marcus Webb.
    ___________________________________

    Dude, you guys need to quit comparing Cutler to MVP winners, Super Bowl, and Super Bowl MVP winners in Brady, the Manning boys and Rodgers.

    Those guys are upper tier QB’s. I’d say Cutler is on par with the likes of Rivers, Romo, Vick, Ryan and a few others that may be able to take you to the big dance, but have yet to seal that deal.

    You’ve watched every one of those guys melt down in spotlight for the last 6 years. Every great game is overcome with a few average games and a few terrible ones mixed in for good measure.

    Bears and Bear fans will know what kind of team this is and what kind of leader Cutler really is over the next 8 weeks. Dallas D in 2 weeks and then after a W against Jax, Detroit’s D, Rivera’s ramped up Carolina D, a W in TENN, then Houston’s D, and then the Niners on 11/19 should make for some killer Thanksgiving week fodder.

    Could be ugly.

  23. Kelly's Chronicles says: Sep 17, 2012 3:40 PM

    Kelly’s Chronicles, J’Marcus Webb led the league in sacks and false starts last year. So what’s he going to do if he’s mad at Cutler that he isn’t already doing?

    ________

    Its not just him. The lines think of themselves as a unit. They won’t take kindly to one of their own being pushed around by a QB. Trust me on this. A “missed assignment” is coming maybe more than one….

  24. newspapercrane says: Sep 17, 2012 4:35 PM

    You know, maybe if J’Marcus Webb could take a shove a little better this wouldn’t be a problem.

  25. chi01town says: Sep 18, 2012 10:04 PM

    The Bears will get right back to the playoff hunt. The rest of this season has to be played. So Chicago will go back to winning games.

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