Bears hope to have Matt Forte back before season ends

The Chicago Bears are hopeful Matt Forte will be back on the field soon, perhaps on Christmas Day when they play their rival Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Forte was knocked out of Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the first quarter when he suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee as he was tackled by linebacker Derrick Johnson.

It’s a Grade 2 sprain, and that means Forte could miss up to a month but he’s been considered a fast healer and to this point in his career the second-round draft pick from 2008 has not missed an NFL start. Only Eddie George and LaDainian Tomlinson began their careers with longer consecutive start streaks than Forte has at 60.

The unknown right now is whether or not Forte will be motivated to make a speedy return. He’s been engaged in a contract staredown with the team since negotiations broke down during preseason. Forte is in the final year of his rookie contract and the Bears will likely use the franchise tag on him if a deal cannot be worked out after the season.

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