Don't expect Matt Forte back soon

December, 18, 2011
12/18/11
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We've had a fair amount of discussion about how Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte might approach his recovery from a sprained knee, especially considering that his contract expires after this season. So it's worth noting the quote Forte gave ESPNChicago.com's Nick Friedell during a rehab session Saturday.

"A lot of people were speculating about Christmas Day [against the Green Bay Packers] and things like that," Forte said. "But my mindset is, realistically, playoffs would be the only thing that I would really have my mind set on."

Forte has a second-degree sprain of the MCL in his right knee, and he told Friedell that the injuries "usually take four to six weeks" to heal. He added: "And this will only be week three. I'm not going to rush to get back on the field and play while I'm hurt, because you're not at 100 percent you may injure it even more if you do that."

I don't know about you, but after reading those quotes, I'm not planning to see Forte again during the regular season.

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