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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Scopes routine for NFL players

By JEFF DICKERSON

Matt Forte
Matt Forte averaged just 3.6 yards a carry this season.

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte had his left knee scoped following the conclusion of the regular season, a source close to the player confirmed Thursday.

Such procedures are considered routine maintenance in the life of an NFL player.

For comparisons sake, Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee following a victory over the Detroit Lionson Oct. 4. After sitting out two weeks (one a bye week), Idonije returned to action versus Cleveland on Oct. 25.

Forte admitted to suffering a medial collateral ligament sprain early in the 2009 regular season, an injury former offensive coordinator Ron Turner cited as a reason for the team's mediocre running attack.

"I think there was a drop-off [after the MCL injury], definitely," Turner said after the Bears' season-ending victory in Detroit. "I don't think he had the acceleration or the burst we normally see from him. Yeah, it definitely had an affect."

The story was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.