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Matt Forte practices, thinks he can play Monday night

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Bears running back Matt Forte is healing faster than expected.

Forte was back on the practice field in Chicago today, and he told reporters afterward that he was pleased that swelling in his ankle hasn’t been a problem and he expects to play on Monday night against the Cowboys.

I didn’t really swell up in the ankle, so that’s the big part. When you have an ankle injury when the swelling is big, takes a long time to get it out. But I didn’t really swell up, so I felt like I’d be back pretty soon,” Forte said.

When asked if he thinks he’s playing Monday, Forte said, “yeah.”

Bears coach Lovie Smith said Forte still has a long way to go, but Smith said he’s optimistic about Forte’s recovery.

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who has been taking it easy in practice to protect his surgically repaired knee, participated in drills at the start of practice. Defensive end Julius Peppers sat out with a foot injury. Right tackle Gabe Carimi, who calls himself The Bear Jew, took the day off for Yom Kippur.

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17 Responses to “Matt Forte practices, thinks he can play Monday night”
  1. knackstermyea says: Sep 26, 2012 5:26 PM

    D Ware and Co. will make sure that ankle gets some good treatment Monday Night.

  2. orangeclipper says: Sep 26, 2012 5:29 PM

    Stay on the Bench. I have Michael Bush and he gets decent FF points. You do not. You are too tender

  3. aljack88 says: Sep 26, 2012 5:40 PM

    knackstermyea says:
    Sep 26, 2012 5:26 PM
    D Ware and Co. will make sure that ankle gets some good treatment Monday Night.
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    How’s that? They gonna clean off his shoes with their backsides?

  4. bearfan3454 says: Sep 26, 2012 5:41 PM

    D Ware and Jerrys boys will be wishing Forte sat out one more week. Big game from Forte and Big numbers from the Bears on Monday night.

  5. dal24la says: Sep 26, 2012 5:59 PM

    No you don’t, you should just stay on the sidelines and try to heal another week. Don’t want to come back too early.
    -from a Cowboys fan.

  6. fcs34 says: Sep 26, 2012 6:13 PM

    D Ware and Co. will make sure that ankle gets some good treatment Monday Night.

    When they rush upfield and watch as he grabs another 6 yards ? Whatever.

  7. trevor123698 says: Sep 26, 2012 6:27 PM

    ” I have Michael Bush and he gets decent FF points. You do not. ”

    Matt Forte is a stud. Lay off that crack pipe

  8. illad3lph1a says: Sep 26, 2012 6:32 PM

    Come on forte! Dress and get in the end zone…what a beast

  9. vineee1 says: Sep 26, 2012 6:50 PM

    He will be lucky to get “Forte” yards!!!

  10. chi01town says: Sep 26, 2012 7:19 PM

    Packers fans are scared now cause they know when Chicago beat Dallas Monday night they will be 2 games behind. oops it could be 3 cause Brees is looking for a win on sunday. Im glad Greenbay got CHEATED….. HA ha

  11. larrydavid7000 says: Sep 26, 2012 7:30 PM

    I don’t care what anyone says I am gonna bench him for one more week in fantasy football.

  12. davikes says: Sep 26, 2012 7:51 PM

    Got to give the guy credit for pushing to get playing AFTER he signed his new deal. He could have just as easily taken a couple more games off.

  13. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 26, 2012 9:22 PM

    The Cowboys D still needs some work up front, but the unsung part of the defense is Sean Lee and Bruce Carter….

    Quietly fixed a piss poor Linebacking corps…

  14. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 26, 2012 9:34 PM

    I’m surprised that Forte is coming back so soon. I think he wants to be on the MNF big stage in Dallas.

  15. allidoiswin55 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:10 PM

    I need you Bro. Your on my Fantasy Football Team. I lost Trying to replace you..
    *ps Go Bears! anyone but whinner Packers fans at this point!

  16. larryboodry says: Sep 27, 2012 12:28 AM

    vineee1 says: Sep 26, 2012 6:50 PM

    He will be lucky to get “Forte” yards!!!
    ——————————–
    Yeah…Per quarter…Go Bears!

  17. chi01town says: Sep 27, 2012 9:33 AM

    Good news .. Forte will play an the screen play will be back. The Bears will beat the Cowboys Monday night. Jay Cutler will have that breakout game that we all know is coming. 38/9 Chicago

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