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Matt Forte Injury Update: Will the Chicago Bears Running Back Miss Week 4?

By Melissa Siegel, Posted: 09/25/12 01:23PM EDT
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Matt Forte is the Bears second-leading wide receiver this season.(Photo : Reuters)

When Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith confirmed last week that star running back Matt Forte did not have a high ankle sprain, fans and fantasy football owners breathed a sigh of relief.

But while Forte's injury was less serious than originally expected, it still kept him out of last weekend's game against the St. Louis Rams. And, according to one report, he may be out longer than that.

Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports tweeted Tuesday morning that Forte is likely to miss his second straight game when the Bears take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. LaCanfora also noted that Chicago is bringing in former Packers running back Ryan Grant for a tryout.

Grant rushed for over 1,000 yards in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons before missing most of 2010 with an injury. He returned last season and started 14 games, averaging over four yards per carry. Still, the Packers did not retain Grant and instead signed Cedric Benson.

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The former Notre Dame back has been a wanted man this offseason, drawing consideration from both the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins. With the Bears, he could platoon with backup Michael Bush, who started last week's game in place of Forte. Bush rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown but averaged only 3.1 yards per carry.

Still, this week Chicago plays Dallas, who currently ranks just 19th in the league in opposing rushing yards allowed. The Bears also will likely want to run a lot against the second-best pass defense in the NFL. Thus, Bush is worth another fantasy start this week, especially with his penchant for goal line touches.

As for Grant, it's not clear what to expect from him, even if he does sign with the Bears. Grant has been out of football for months and will probably need a few weeks to get back into NFL shape. By then, Forte should be good to go, so there is no need to pick up Grant unless you are desperate.

UPDATE: Grant has decided to sign with the Redskins, according to La Canfora.


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