Matt Forte will start for Bears on Monday Night Football

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte started for the Bears on Monday night despite his injury.

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Forte limps off but quickly returns

Forte limped off the field after the Bears first offensive play but quickly returned.

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Bears' Matt Forte to start vs. Cowboys on Monday

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte will start Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys after sitting out last week's game.

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Forte expected to make return on Monday night

The Chicago Bears will reportedly have running back Matt Forte back in the lineup against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night after Forte suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 2.

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Forte a game-time decision for Monday night

Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said on Monday morning that star running back Matt Forte will be a game-time decision for the team's tilt against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

"It's a game-time decision for Matt. He's made a lot of progress," Smith said on WBBM-AM 780. "We'll get over to the stadium see how he does then and decide."

Forte left Chicago's Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a high ankle sprain and missed the team's win last week over the St. Louis Rams as he recovered from the injury. He was limited in practice this week, but did participate in Chicago's workout on Saturday.

If Forte cannot go, Michael Bush will once again get the start and will likely share carries with backup Kahlil Bell. Last week, the Bears ran for 103 yards on 34 carries against the Rams. Bush gained 55 of those on 18 carries and added a touchdown, while Bell gained 18 yards on one run and then a total of 2 yards on his nine other carries.

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Forte back at practice, expects to face Dallas

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte returned to practice on Wednesday, and now expects to play on Monday night, when the Bears take on the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

Forte hasn't participated in a practice or game since injuring his ankle in Week 2's loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 13.

Forte told the Chicago Tribune that he knows how to deal with ankle injuries.

"As long as you know how to take care of your body, that's how you get back on the field," Forte said. "I've had ankle injuries before and I know how to work with them. You have to want to get back on the field."

Asked point-blank if he'd be ready to go Monday, Forte said, "Yeah."

Without Forte in Week 3, the Bears averaged just three yards per carry against the St. Louis Rams. Michael Bush led the team in rushing with 55 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.

So far in 2012, Forte has rushed 23 times for 111 yards -- good for a 4.8 yards per carry average. Forte also has seven receptions for 89 yards.

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Forte likely out for Bears MNF game vs. Dallas

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is expected to miss the team's Week 4 contest against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. Forte injured his right ankle in the Bears Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers and missed last week's 23-6 win over the St. Louis Rams. With Forte out, the Bears have brought in ex-Packer RB Ryan Grant for workouts.

With Forte out against the Rams the Bears turned to Michael Bush and Kahil Bell to carry the load. Bush ran for 55 yards and a TD on 18 carries while Bell rushed ten times for 20 yards. With Forte sidelined for at least one more game due to his ankle injury the Bears will use the same combo to replace him against the Cowboys, but are also looking for additional help. Grant ran for 559 yards for the Packers last season.

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Matt Forte's Injury Believed To Be High Ankle Sprain

Chicago Bears star running back Matt Forte left the team's Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter with an ankle injury, and it is now believed that Forte suffered a high ankle sprain, according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN. Forte was injured during the team's first series in the third quarter when Charles Woodson rolled up on his ankle after a 14-yard reception. He left the game after compiling 31 rushing yards on seven attempts and 45 yards receiving on four catches. He did not return to the game.

The Bears signed Forte to a four-year deal during the offseason with $18 million in guaranteed money, but they also had the foresight to add former Raiders running back Michael Bush, who will now have to carry the load for the Bears' rushing attack until Forte's ankle heals.

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