Just normal soreness in Forte's ankle

October, 3, 2012
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte's sprained right ankle checked out okay after the team returned home from their 34-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

The Bears next travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars on Sunday on a short week.

"It was good to see Matt Forte back out there," Smith said. "He didn't come away with anything other than just normal soreness from a game in his ankle, even though he went out after that first play."

Forte briefly left the game after he carried the ball eight yards on the Bears first offensive play from scrimmage to get the ankle re-taped, but re-entered the contest at the start of the next series. The running back finished the game with 13 rushing attempts for 52 yards and one reception that went for a three-yard loss.

Forte was on the field for 30 of the club's 55 snaps on offense, while Michael Bush saw action during 22 plays.

Smith said fullback Evan Rodriguez (knee) would have sat out practice on Wednesday if the team had held an official workout instead of a voluntary walk-through. Rodriguez was inactive last Monday versus the Cowboys after he hurt his knee on the opening kickoff of the Bears Week 3 win against the St. Louis Rams.St. Louis Rams

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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