Bears think Matt Forte has a high ankle sprain

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The injury that knocked Bears running back Matt Forte out of Thursday night’s loss to the Packers is likely to knock him out of more games as well.

Although a more thorough diagnosis is likely to come today, the Bears believe Forte suffered a high ankle sprain, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

A high ankle sprain is usually an injury that costs a running back multiple games, so Forte could be out for a while. Bears backup running back Michael Bush said after the loss to the Packers that he’s ready to carry the load as long as Forte is out.

“That’s why I’m here: They brought me here to pick up where [Forte] left off, if something went wrong,” Bush told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s the insurance plan, I guess. I’ll be ready.”

The Bears will need Bush to be ready. Their offense looked terrible on Thursday night even before Forte went down.

29 responses to “Bears think Matt Forte has a high ankle sprain

  1. Jay Cutler’s security blanket will be missed for the next month. Bush will contribute to the run game, but in the pass game; when protection breaks down (which happens a lot), I don’t have confidence in dinosaur hands Michael Bush to make something happen with a check-down the way Forte does.

    Forte is a totally different animal. Still, the most underrated running back in the league.

  2. Raider fan here and it absolutely killed me when Bush signed elsewhere. Bush can be a beast and has the ability to run through teams and wish him the very best with the Bears!

  3. Sorry for Forte, I was looking for him to have a break out game. I guess Capers had a game plan for him. M Bush did very well rushing. Good Luck Chicago with Cutler..With all the rookies coming out, one would think about replacing that sorry a** Cutler forcing throws, blaming others for his mishaps. OMG, Chicago looked pitiful last night.

  4. Even the greatest QB’s to ever play would have sucked with that offensive line in front of them. I know that GB has some rushers, but those guys are a joke!!!!

  5. Bet he comes back sooner than y’all think. Didn’t AP have a high ankle sprain in 2010 vs WAS only to come back the following week to have 3 TDs and over 100 yards vs Buffalo?

  6. I have had high ankle sprains, and they are horrible! It feels like no matter how tightly you are taped up that your foot is just going to turn around the wrong way every time you push off with any force. The pain wasn’t excruciating, but the feeling of uncertainty takes weeks to go away.

  7. It is really easy to break your leg on plays like his last night too. Plus, you can tear up your knees. Bad juju.

  8. Unlike a conventional ankle sprain, there’s no way to tape up a high ankle sprain. You simply have to wait for it to heal. He’ll be out for a good month…

  9. i swear to god,this happened to me last year with charles.albeit he tore his ACL,i just hope forte is not out too long.I have no luck drafting rb in fantasy,thank goodness i handcuffed bush with forte.

  10. “Forte injured? Next thing that you’re going to tell me is water’s wet and the skies blue. ”

    Up until his knee injury last year, Forte didn’t miss a game as a pro. One injury in 4 years is injury prone?

  11. this might be a good thing for the bears. forte is nothing more than a glorified reggie bush. it is hard to set up playaction when the RB doesn’t run between the tackles. bush is perfectly suited for that role. and with the troubles they have on the o-line, playaction should be, at least in my opinion, sprinkled in there quite a bit.
    what is lost in all the talk of the bears is how terrible the packers looked last night, they needed trickery to win. was there pass rush that good, or were the bears that bad?…..the bears were that bad.
    someone should tell jay cutler that games aren’t won on hubris alone.
    mike tice should’ve stayed on the love cruise….his game plan simply stunk.
    the packers didn’t win, the bears lost.

  12. Exactly why I drafted Bush in my fantasy football league this year. Forte may not have been injury prone before, but running backs wear down and Bush has hardly any mileage. I never root for a player to get hurt but football is a war of attrition.

  13. Heh heh. Typical RB. Gets his big contract, then runs tentatively and gets a boo-boo. Join Chris Johnson standing over there.

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