Coach's Big Decision: Rest Forte, Peppers?

October, 6, 2012
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Matt ForteJeff Hanisch/US PresswireThe Bears hope to keep Matt Forte's sore ankle from getting worse.


The Bears won’t take the Jacksonville Jaguars lightly, regardless of their record. So it’s doubtful the club plans to rest running back Matt Forte and defensive end Julius Peppers.

Obviously the objective is to win the game, and the best way to achieve that is to put the best players on the field against the Jaguars. So while it doesn’t appear the team is inclined to sit Forte and Peppers, it’s likely the Bears would strongly consider resting them if the team gains a sizeable advantage early in the game.

With an off week coming out of Sunday’s contest and an extra day of preparation for the club’s Oct. 22 matchup with the Detroit Lions on “Monday Night Football,” surely the Bears would like to give Forte and Peppers plenty of time to recover from their injuries so they don’t become nagging situations that last throughout the year.

The Bears will need to make a determination of when to pull Forte and Peppers, but what if the game remains a close affair that isn’t decided until the waning moments?

Again, the objective is to win the game. So if the game is close, the Bears might be forced to just take their chances with Forte and Peppers and allow them to heal up as much as possible during the week off.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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