Matt Forte Injury Update: Does Chicago Bears Running Back Have the Dreaded High Ankle Sprain?

By Melissa Siegel, Posted: 09/17/12 07:48PM EDT

Chicago Bears fans are down in the dumps this week after an embarrassing loss to the Green Bay Packers and increasing concerns about their quarterback's attitude towards teammates. But they did receive some good news on Monday with regards to their star running back.

Bears coach Lovie Smith told WBBM in Chicago that Matt Forte is still sore after leaving the Packers game with an ankle injury. However, Forte does not have the dreaded high ankle sprain, which can keep athletes out of action for four to six weeks.

Indeed, several NFL players have missed significant time with this injury over the past few years. Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara has been out since late August with a high ankle sprain.

Last season, Buffalo wideout Donald Jones missed a month with the same type of sprain and was ultimately placed on injured reserve after aggravating the injury a few games after his return.

Even the great Adrian Peterson, who looks like his old self just nine months removed from reconstructive knee surgery, missed three games last season with a high ankle sprain. Thus it must be a positive sign that Forte only has a regular sprain.

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While this news certainly makes Bears fans happy, it does leave Forte's fantasy owners a bit uneasy. Obviously, since the injury is not serious, there is no need to trade half your roster for Michael Bush.  But his status for Sunday's game is still up in the air, so you should make sure you have a backup plan or two.  

Andre Brown of the Giants is a good substitute option against a porous Panthers defense.  Carolina has allowed 4.7 yards per carry so far this season, tied for eighth-worst in the league.

Brown's playing time for the week is a bit up in the air, considering he is the backup to starter Ahmad Bradshaw. But with the Giants on a short week, and Bradshaw recovering from a neck injury, it seems likely that Brown will at least share carries with Bradshaw on Thursday night. Brown had 13 rushes for 71 yards on Sunday, an average of 5.5 yards per carry.

Brown might not give you the numbers Forte or even Bush would, but he's a decent option for a week or two while Forte recovers.

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