The Chicago Bears offense continues to take a licking, as running back Matt Forte left Sunday's game against Minnesota in the third quarter with an ankle injury, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 11:49 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
#Bears inactives Josh McCown, Dane Sanzenbacher, Tim Jennings, Brian Urlacher, Chris Spencer, Earl Bennett, Stephen Paea— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) December 9, 2012
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UPDATE: Sunday, December 2 at 11:45 a.m. ET by Alex Kay
Bears inactives are J McCown, A Jeffery, D Hester, D Moore, C Spencer, M Toeaina, C Ozougwu— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) December 2, 2012
Expect the running back to assume his normal starting duties and will be leaned on heavily as both a rusher and pass catching threat out of the backfield against the tough Seahawks defense.
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UPDATE: Thursday, November 29 at 5 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Good news, Bears fans—Forte expects to play on Sunday!
#Bears RB Matt Forte said he'll play Sunday against the Seahawks.— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) November 29, 2012
Bad news, Forte fantasy owners—he's a risky play coming off an injured ankle and faces a tough Seattle defense. He's an average flex at best this week.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 28 at 4:56 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
ESPN's Jeff Dickerson passes along some promising news for the Bears.
Mike Tice said Matt Forte looked fine in practice today. Forte practiced in some capacity. #Bears.— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) November 28, 2012
Obviously, there is quite a difference from practicing in some capacity to playing in a game, but it is a good sign that he was out there at all on Wednesday.
UPDATE: Tuesday, November 27 at 11:19 a.m. ET
Matt Forte's Week 13 status is in question after suffering an ankle injury in Week 12, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.
Matt Forte's ankle injury does not appear to be severe enough to threaten him long-term, though his status for this week in question— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 27, 2012
That was of little comfort to the Bears, who also lost Devin Hester on Sunday to a concussion. Their offensive depth has taken a huge hit in this game, though they have gotten a boost from the return of Jay Cutler at quarterback.
Given Forte's importance to the offense, the Bears can ill-afford to have him miss an extended period of time. We saw how bad things got last year for this team when Forte was injured.
We will keep you updated on Forte's status for this game and throughout the week as more information becomes available.