Given how bad Matt Forte's injury looked on Sunday against the Vikings, and with how gingerly he walked to the locker room (and stayed there for the remainder of the game), I immediately feared he would be out for awhile. And the announcement that the injury was on the same ankle he injured earlier in the season (and forced him to miss the Rams game) certainly made me assume that he would miss at least the Seahawks this week.
But, surprisingly, Forte was able to participate in practice on Wednesday, and apparently looked fine:
#Bears OC Mike Tice says RB Matt Forte looked "fine" in practice today.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) November 28, 2012
#Bears RB Matt Forte did practice today, at least on a limited basis. Looked fine, in fact.
— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) November 28, 2012
Excellent news. The Bears will certainly be careful with Forte, but right now you'd have to like his chances to be active on Sunday. Regardless, expect Michael Bush to still be a very big part of the gameplan.
The Bears are dealing with key injuries at the wide receiver position, as they're likely to be without Alshon Jeffery and Devin Hester on Sunday (unless Hester is able to pass the concussion tests over the next few days; he wasn't even at practice on Wednesday). And Seattle has a terrific secondary. So, it would be wise for Mike Tice to really try to get the run game going. Having each Forte and Bush able to play would certainly help the chances of the Bears having success with that offensive gameplan.
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