Bears, Forte not worried knee injury will keep him out Sunday
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter November 28, 2013 9:33PM
Alec Ogletree, Earl Bennett
Updated: November 28, 2013 11:12PM
Neither the Bears nor running back Matt Forte seems concerned his hyperextended right knee will keep him out Sunday against the Vikings.
‘‘I don’t think there’s an issue there,’’ coach Marc Trestman said after Forte was limited in practice Thursday at Halas Hall. ‘‘He looked unencumbered running around out there and got some reps.’’
Forte said he felt good and wasn’t worried about the offense feeling an obligation to score more to help the struggling defense.
‘‘Not any more than usual,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re a full team. The defense is on the other side of the ball, but we’re both one team. We both have to come together. One side doesn’t have to necessarily carry the other.’’
Forte was joined on the limited list by wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who appeared on the injury report for the first time this week because of a quadriceps injury.
Cornerback Derrick Martin (hamstring) was limited, as were defensive tackles Jeremiah Ratliff (groin) and Stephen Paea (turf toe).
Safety Anthony Walters didn’t practice because of a groin injury.
Earl of receptions
Earl Bennett’s career-high eight catches Sunday against the Rams wasn’t part of the game plan; it was a case of the Bears exploiting opportunities where they could find them, offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said.
Bennett caught every pass thrown his way and had 58 yards receiving.
‘‘Earl happened to be the guy who was open, to be honest, and it just worked out that way,’’ Kromer said. ‘‘We try to spread the ball around to all the guys. But, yeah, Earl got more opportunities in that game just because that’s what was there.’’
This and that
For the second consecutive day, Vikings star Adrian Peterson didn’t practice because of a groin injury. Still, he’s expected to play Sunday.
† Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson (chest), tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) and defensive end Brian Robison (illness) didn’t practice. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (concussion), wide receiver Joe Webb (concussion) and defensive tackle Kevin Williams (quadriceps) were limited.
† The Bears held meetings early so that players could leave after practice ended (around 1 p.m.) to join their friends and family for Thanksgiving. Trestman said he told the team it was ‘‘OK to put the Vikings away for the next six or seven hours.’’