Matt Forte Injury: Update on Chicago Bears Star's Knee Injury

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 20: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field on November 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Chargers 31-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte went down early in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs after taking a helmet to the knee. 

Forte was off to a slow start, rushing for just 12 yards on five carries before leaving the game with what looked to be a very painful injury.


Fantasy Impact

Forte has been an absolute beast for lucky fantasy owners this season and his absence will haunt those owners as the playoffs approach. 

Forte has 250 touches thus far in 2011 and has racked up 1,495 yards with five weeks still left to play.


Who's the Backup?

Veteran Marian Barber will take over the RB spot for Forte. Barber leads the Bears this season with five rushing touchdowns and is averaging 3.8 yards per carry. 


Devastation Scale (1-10)


With QB Jay Cutler already lost for the season with a injured thumb that required surgery, the loss of Forte would prove incredibly costly for the Chicago Bears.

Inexperienced QB Caleb Hanie already needed tons of help from the running game to help lead the Bears into the postseason. 


Timeline for Return

Forte is out and will remain out for the rest of the game.

There is no available timeline for Forte's return yet as he is still being tested for a serious knee injury. 


What They're Saying

Most people around the league are saying that the injury looks bad, and that Forte is likely being tested for a potential MCL injury.

Sean Jensen on Twitter broke the news that Forte is believed to have suffered a sprained MCL, which could sideline him for a significant amount of time.