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Sunday
Nov172013

Bears Top Ravens in OT, 23-20

Leon Halip/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- After a two hour rain delay to start the game, Robbie Gould's 38-yard field goal put the Bears (6-4) over the Baltimore Ravens (4-6) 23-20 in overtime on Sunday.

The teams were ordered to head back to the locker room as heavy rain came down and the wind picked up prior to the start of the game.  Fans were ordered to take cover until the delay was over.

Matt Forte scored on a 14-yard screen from Josh McCown to put Chicago up 20-17 with 10:33 remaining, but Justin Tucker hit a 21-yard field goal at the end of regulation.

McCown finished the game 19 of 31 for 216 yards with a touchdown.

The Bears had dropped their last four of six games coming into Sunday.

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Tuesday
Nov052013

Rodgers Hurt as Bears Stuff Packers 27-20

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) --  Josh McCown threw for two touchdown passes as the Chicago Bears topped the Green Bay Packers 27-20 on Monday night, earning a rare victory at Lambeau Field.

The Packers lost starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a shoulder injury in the first quarter.  He was sacked by Bears defensive end Shea McClellin on the first series of the game and was taken back into the locker room.  He did not return.

"He has a shoulder injury," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "They want to run more tests. They don't have an exact diagnosis. We'll have more information, probably tomorrow."

Backup Seneca Wallace entered the game for Rodgers and threw for 114 yards and an interception.  Rookie running back Eddie Lacy shouldered the load offensively for the Packers, (5-3) rushing for 150 yards and a touchdown.

Matt Forte rushed for 125 yards and a score to help the Bears pull into a three-way tie with the Packers and Detroit Lions atop the NFC North.  They all sit at 5-3 through the season's first nine weeks.

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Thursday
Sep272012

Bears' Running Back Matt Forte Hopes to Play Monday

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte suffered an ankle injury against the Green Bay Packers, the team feared he'd be out for an extended period of time. As it turns out, he could miss just one game as Forte is optimistic he return to the field for Monday Night Football against Dallas Cowboys.

"I didn't really swell up in the ankle, so that's the big part," Forte said after practicing with the team. "When you have an ankle injury when the swelling is big, takes a long time to get it out. But I didn't really swell up, so I felt like I'd be back pretty soon."

Forte was at one point asked if he thinks he will suit up on Monday, he simply responded, "yeah."

Forte is the focal point of the Chicago Bears offense in both the running game and passing game. During the offseason, he signed a 4-year extension worth $32 million.

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Tuesday
Sep182012

Bears' Running Back Matt Forte's Injury Not That Bad

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- When Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte left the team's game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, it was feared he suffered a high ankle sprain and would be lost for at least six weeks. As it turns out, the injury is not as bad.

Bears head coach Lovie Smith said that Forte suffered an ankle sprain, but not the dreaded high ankle sprain that can derail a player's season in certain circumstances. Forte went from being out for an extended period of time, to not being ruled out for the team's game on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

"He looked pretty good today," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said on Monday. "We're not ruling him out or anything just yet. He has a long way to go. I don't want you to start thinking he'll be out there practicing tomorrow; he's not. But we're making progress."

Forte is arguably the Bears' best offensive player. He has accumulated at least 1,400 yards from scrimmage in each of his first four seasons.

During the offseason, Forte signed a four-year contract worth $32 million.

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Monday
Jul162012

Forte Receives New Four-Year Contract With the Chicago Bears

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears agreed to a four-year contract Monday. The deal is worth around $32 million with $18 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.

“I’m proud to be a Chicago Bear and excited to be here for another four years,” Forte said in a statement. “I’d like to thank my family, my agent and the Chicago Bears. I’ve been working hard this offseason and am looking forward to joining my teammates at training camp next week. I’m glad the business part is done and we can all turn our attention to football and our goal of winning a championship.”

Chicago drafted Forte in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft out of Tulane. In 60 games with the Bears, the 26-year-old has rushed for 4,233 yards and 21 touchdowns in 1,014 attempts. He has also caught 223 passes for 1,985 yards and eight touchdowns.

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Friday
Jan272012

Forte Cleared to Play in Pro Bowl

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(HAWAII) -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has been cleared to play in this weekend's Pro Bowl in Hawaii after coming off a season-ending MCL sprain.

Forte is looking forward to getting back on the field since being sidelined on Dec. 4.

"I've been pretty good for a couple weeks now. My leg has been healed up for a while. I've been running and catching balls, doing all kinds of stuff just to make sure I was good," said Forte in an interview with ESPN. "I feel good, so I wanted to be out here for my first Pro Bowl."

Despite Forte's enthusiasm to play on Sunday, Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer played devils-advocate.

"There's always a concern," Spencer said about the chance of Forte tweaking the knee. "But he's nine weeks past that. And he probably could have played a couple weeks prior to now. Matt's a smart individual. He knows his body. And from what I've seen -- and I've seen him at the facility -- he looks pretty darn good. He's looks like he's ready to play football.”

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Friday
Jan202012

Forte Cleared to Play in Pro Bowl

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has been medically cleared to play in the upcoming Pro Bowl game.

Forte suffered a sprained right medial collateral ligament in a game versus Kansas City December 4th. He missed the Bears final four games of the season.

Before the injury, Forte was having a fantastic year, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and gaining 1,487 yards from scrimmage in 12 games.

Those stats were enough to elect Forte to his first Pro Bowl.

The Pro Bowl will be held January 29th in Hawaii.

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Monday
Dec052011

Bears Confirm Forte Injury

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bears have confirmed running back Matt Forte suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee during Sunday's home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.  Bears head coach Lovie Smith would not put a timetable on Forte's return to the field.

"As far as when, I'll just say, you know, we're still evaluating him," Smith told reporters on Monday.  "He looked pretty good this morning, but it is an MCL sprain, he didn't finish the game, so there is concern."

The Bears are already without quarterback Jay Cutler, who had surgery to repair a fractured thumb.  The Bears, 7-5 this season, travel to Denver to take on Tim Tebow and the Broncos on Sunday.

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Tuesday
Nov082011

Bears Defeat Eagles 30-24 on 'Monday Night Football'

Nick Laham/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Bears have launched themselves into the playoff hunt in the NFC, while the Eagles are spiraling out of it.

Led by running back Matt Forte (133 rushing yards on 24 carries) and quarterback Jay Cutler (208 passing yards and two touchdowns), the Bears rallied to score 10 points in the fourth quarter -- edging the Eagles 30-24 on Monday Night Football.

It was the fourth game this season that the Eagles have led in the fourth quarter and lost. The Eagles also lead the NFL with the most turnovers in the red zone, and have been outscored by 36 points in the fourth quarter, the worst mark of any team in the NFL.

With the win, the Bears are 5-3 and now hold the sixth and final playoff spot. The Eagles meanwhile, are now just 3-5 and are tenth in the playoff standings.

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Wednesday
Nov022011

Bears Running Back Matt Forte Unhappy with Contract Negotiations

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Matt Forte is arguably the heart and soul of the Chicago Bears offense, and he wants to be paid like it. Forte's quest for a new contract has been well publicized, as he's in the last year of his rookie contract after being drafted in the second round by the Bears in 2008.

According to Forte, he was told by the Bears front office that the team plans on placing the franchise tag on him after the season as opposed to signing him to a new contract. The franchise tag is a binding, one-year contract for a player who is usually of high importance to a team.  If slapped with a franchise tag, a player would receive no less than the average of the top five salaries of that particular position.

To Forte, it makes no sense to be franchised because the new deal he is hoping to get would pay him about the same figure as the franchise tag would. Also, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo had apparently promised Forte a new contract, calling it the team's highest priority, the player says. Considering this, Forte says he doesn't feel any loyalty from the team. "I know I'm loyal to my teammates and my team are my guys, but it doesn't seem like the organization is to me," Forte said. "But that doesn't keep me from going out on the field and putting my best out there."

It is hard to argue Forte's tremendous value to the Bears. He's currently sixth in the NFL in rushing yards, fifth in rushing yards per game, second among running backs with 38 receptions, and has an impressive 1,091 total yards from scrimmage in just seven games this season.

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