The Bears will live to fight another week in the NFC playoff race, but they have to be concerned about the status of running back Matt Forte.
Forte left Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with an ankle injury, and the Bears announced during the third quarter that Forte will not return. The Bears were already thin at running back with Michael Bush hurt, and they’ve now turned to Armando Allen.
Forte was off to an excellent start before getting hurt, carrying 12 times for 88 yards and making up for a lousy game from Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. The good news for the Bears is that the Cardinals’ offense has been its usual pathetic self, with Ryan Lindley getting benched in favor of Brian Hoyer after throwing a pick-six, and Chicago is winning easily even without getting much from its offense.
The other piece of good news for the Bears is that Forte was seen walking to the end zone without any assistance. The Bears will have to hope that’s a sign that he’ll be good to go next week in the season finale against the Lions.