Matt Forte Injury: Bears RB Says He Will Not Play In Week 15

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte reportedly sprained his MCL on Sunday. The extent of the injury, or a recovery timetable, is not yet know.

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Jay Cutler, Matt Forte Officially Placed On Injured Reserve

T'he Chicago Bears have decided to officially end the year for Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, who were both hurt earlier this year. Neither play will be cleared to play in Week 17 and with the Bears out of playoff contention the team has decided to place both players on injured reserve.

Cutler injured his thumb in a Nov. 20 game against the San Diego Chargers. The Bears were hopeful he could potentially be available for the playoffs but they were officially out of the playoffs with last week's loss.

Forte suffered an MCL injury two weeks later and, like Cutler, there was some hope he could return if there was a playoff run.

The Bears now have two open roster spots as they approach Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings. Check out SB Nation's Windy City Gridiron for more on the Bears.

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Matt Forte Injury Update: Bears RB Says He Is Out For Week 15, Lovie Smith Evasive

The Chicago Bears will likely be without their star running back Matt Forte as he continues to heal from an MCL sprain. Forte injured his knee Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs and has been sidelined ever since. Head coach Lovie Smith was evasive about Forte's status, and did not rule him out, but Forte was clear in stating he was not playing Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Sprained MCL's are multi-week injuries and there is nothing surprising about Forte remaining out this week. If he is unable to play, Marion Barber would get the start in his place. Barber put together a strong game in a 13-10 loss to the Broncos as he rushed for 108 yards. Of course, he also ran out of bounds when the Bears were trying to run out the clock in the fourth quarter, and then fumbled away the ball in overtime. Kahlil Bell had nine carries against Denver and could very well end up with more carries if Lovie is particularly disappointed with the Barber fumble.

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Matt Forte Injury: No ACL Damage For Bears RB

The Chicago Bears received a little bit of good news about running back Matt Forte. An MRI confirmed that he has a grade 2 MCL sprain and no damage to his ACL, according to Adam Schefter at ESPN. Forte left in the first quarter of the Bears' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday. At the time, it was reported that he sprained his MCL, but this is the first confirmation of that report.

Tearing his ACL would have ended Forte's season, another devastating blow for the Bears who lost quarterback Jay Cutler last month. As it stands, Forte will miss some time with his sprained MCL. Forte could be out of action anywhere from two to four weeks.

With Forte out, the Bears will turn to Marion Barber and Kahlil Bell. Those two combined for 78 rushing yards on 18 carries in relief of Forte yesterday. 

For more on the Bears, check out Windy City Gridiron

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Matt Forte Injury Update: Bears Running Back Suffers Apparent MCL Sprain, According To Report

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte left Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs with an apparent leg injury following a first-quarter carry. Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson appeared to hit Forte's right knee. Forte was able to leave the game under his own power, although walking with a limp.

The early indication from league sources is that Forte appears to have suffered an MCL sprain, reports Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Further testing will be required to know the extent of his injury and any timeline for his return.

Forte had picked up 12 yards on five carries before leaving Sunday's game against the chiefs, which the Bears eventually lost, 10-3.

Forte is currently sitting at 997 rushing yards on the season and has been one of Chicago's main offensive threats. This could potentially be a big loss for the Bears.

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Matt Forte Injury: Bears RB Out For Rest Of Game

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte will miss the remainder of Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs after suffering an apparent knee injury on a first-quarter carry. The injury occurred on Forte's fifth carry of the game. He had 12 yards rushing at the time of the injury.

Forte was able to walk off the field under his own power, but replays of the injury looked as if he bent his knee awkwardly. There has yet to be word on how serious the injury is.

Marion Barber is the next running back on the Bears' depth chart and figures to get the bulk of the carries as long as Forte is out. Barber has been solid in a backup role so far this year, carrying 62 times and scoring five touchdowns. He has averaged just 3.8 yards per carry, though, and has just three catches. Barber did once score 28 touchdowns over two seasons, but that was in 2006-07.

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