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.