It appears as if the injury sustained by Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings is not severe, although the team consider him questionable for their Week 13 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Jason LaCanfora said that Forte’s injury “does not appear to be severe enough to threaten him long-term.” Forte already missed time earlier this season, but this injury is being perceived as far less severe than the one that sidelined him for a few games toward the beginning of the year.
Still, LaCanfora added that Forte’s status for this Sunday’s game against Seattle is still “in question.” Teams do not have to release their injury reports for a few more days, meaning they will see how Forte responds before ruling him in or out of this weekend’s game with the Seahawks, which could have huge playoff implications for both teams.
Forte clearly was lucky to avoid the dreaded high ankle sprain, at least that is how it seems as of right now. It more appears as if he suffered a Grade 1 or 2 ankle sprain, which may or may not even keep him out of the next game. If he does miss this game, expect Michael Bush to once again receive the lion’s share of the carries in the Bears’ backfield.
The signing of Bush has been huge for Chicago in 2012, as Forte has struggled to remain healthy. Since they have him in their backfield, especially at 8-3, I would expect the Bears to play it extra cautiously with Forte, as they do not want to risk losing him for an extended period of time if all he needs is a bit of additional rest.