Bears running back Matt Forte healing nicely and expected to play
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte breaks away for a gain in the fourth quarter of the Bears 13- 7 win over the Detroit Lions Monday October 22, 2012 at Soldier Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Running back Matt Forte was frustrated and concerned when he retweaked his right ankle Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Initially injured Sept. 13 at Green Bay, Forte felt like he had returned to form until the latest setback. But by Monday, Forte felt much better.
“Luckily, it wasn’t as serious,” Forte said.
The focus then was to aggressively treat the injury, so Forte visited a chiropractor and slept in a hyperbaric chamber at his house.
“I had a lot of different treatments,” he said, “and I’m feeling pretty good.”
On Wednesday and Thursday, Forte was limited in practice, a strong indication that he’s all set for the game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. He plainly said he expected to play and looked sharp in practice at Halas Hall.
Facing the Seahawks’ fifth-ranked defense, Forte should be a key.
“We just got to continue to try to establish the run early in a game,” Forte said. “Every time we do that, it helps us out in the long run, and we get better rhythm as an offense.”
The Bears have topped 100 rushing yards in seven games, winning six of them. The exception was the 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans.
Although they only averaged 2.9 yards last Sunday, the Bears had a season-high 39 rushes against the Vikings.
“As long as we stick to the run,” Forte said, “the passing game will open up.”
The Bears average 202.7 passing yards when they also top 100 rushing yards. But when they don’t top 100 rushing yards, the Bears average only 132.5 passing yards.
“They’ll throw a lot of different looks at the offensive line and in the secondary,’’ quarterback Jay Cutler said. ‘‘We’ve got to get [Brandon Marshall] going, hopefully get Matt Forte going.”
The offensive line will feature two changes, Gabe Carimi at right guard and Edwin Williams at left guard.
Forte said he can’t concern himself with that.
“It doesn’t change my approach at all,’’ Forte said. ‘‘I’ve just got to trust those guys up front. They’re getting a lot of reps in practice, so they know what to do in the game. And if we make mistakes in the game, go to the sideline and make adjustments so that we don’t continue to make them.”