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Matt Forte practices, Brian Urlacher doesn’t

Matt Forte, Paris Lenon AP

Earlier this week, Bears running back Matt Forte said that he planned on playing in Week 17 against the Lions and coach Lovie Smith said that linebacker Brian Urlacher had a “chance” of returning for the regular season finale.

Things are looking better on the Forte front after Thursday’s practice. Forte was able to practice in a limited fashion after sitting out Wednesday’s session, a good sign that his ankle injury is progressing fast enough for him to play in a game the Bears have to win to have any chance of making the playoffs.

“[He’s] making a lot of progress,” Smith said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “[He] was able to get some reps in today. He looked pretty good. We’re hopeful for him, which we thought all along. I know he’s been pretty optimistic about the plan. So hopefully that will be the case.”

Urlacher was seen testing his hamstring in Arizona before last Sunday’s game, but he hasn’t practiced either day this week and looks like a long shot to make it back on the field this week. If that’s the case, it will be up to his teammates (and the Vikings) to decide whether there will be another chance for him to play this season.

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5 Responses to “Matt Forte practices, Brian Urlacher doesn’t”
  1. mjkelly77 says: Dec 27, 2012 6:19 PM

    Forte. Urlacher. Who cares. The Bears are done even if they beat the Lions. Lovie Smith will be looking for a job in January.

  2. gmsingh says: Dec 27, 2012 6:28 PM

    The Bears have a better than 50/50 chance of making it to the postseason, in which case I hope Urlacher is back in time for that.

  3. chi01town says: Dec 27, 2012 7:19 PM

    The Bears will need Forte so thats good news. but with or without Urlacher the defense is good enough to beat the Lions. the playoffs are not a giving and Lovie’s job aint Safe.

  4. joebloww says: Dec 27, 2012 10:21 PM

    If the Bears make the playoffs, the Bears and Urlacher will choke.

  5. notor23 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:51 PM

    Bears are heading to the SB this season… you heard it here first.

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