Bears RB Matt Forte likely to play vs. Jaguars
By MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org October 3, 2012 9:26PM
Chicago Bears v Dallas Cowboys
Updated: November 5, 2012 11:50AM
Running back Matt Forte, who tweaked his ankle injury on the first play from scrimmage Monday against the Cowboys, is expected to play Sunday against the Jaguars in Jacksonville.
‘‘[Forte] didn’t come away with anything other than normal soreness with his ankle,’’ coach Lovie Smith said.
Forte rushed for 52 yards on 13 carries against the Cowboys, including three plays of eight yards or more.
‘‘It does limit you some ... when he’s not full-go,’’ offensive coordinator Mike Tice said. ‘‘Someone fell on his ankle on the first play, and you’re like, ‘Oh, great.’ But he bounced back and fought through it. He’s just going to continue to get better, and then we’ll be able to do all the things we want to do.’’
On a short week after the Monday night game, the Bears did not practice Wednesday.
Fullback Evan Rodriguez (knee) was the only player who would not have participated if they had practiced.
Forte, defensive end Julius Peppers (ankle) and wide receiver Earl Bennett (hand) were listed as ‘‘limited participation’’ had the Bears practiced.
Jay officially happy
Jay Cutler thrives on rhythm and order as much as any quarterback, maybe more than most. So it might not have been a coincidence that he had one of the best games of his career with the regular officials back in Week 4.
‘‘It was nice,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘There was a lot more rhythm. The tempo was upbeat. Everything was in order.
‘‘They took control of the game. [There was] no indecision. We had a few scrums, and they stepped right in [and] broke it up, and everything got back to normal. [After] not doing the preseason and the first three games, they stepped right in and did a great job.’’
Scott gets chance
Newcomer Jonathan Scott was active instead of former first-round pick Chris Williams because ‘‘he’s been a good player in this league. And it was his turn up,’’ Tice said.
‘‘We wanted to give Jon a chance. In the minimal role of backup tackle, we were going to utilize him a little bit in our goal line. [And] he’s a back deep snapper. And a legitimate one.’’
Though the Bears’ defense scored 14 points and intercepted Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo five times, Smith said, ‘‘We didn’t have a lot of A’s from that game from our coaches’ grades.’’
Lance Briggs, who had a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble, a pass breakup and six tackles, got one.
So did safety Major Wright, who had two interceptions, two pass breakups and five tackles against Dallas.
He’s getting better
Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher had four tackles — three of them on the Cowboys’ first drive. And one was for a loss, Urlacher’s first tackle for loss this season.
‘‘Brian Urlacher gets a little bit better each week, even though he hasn’t had a lot of ‘flash’ plays right now,’’ Smith said.