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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Black and Blue all over: Forte has surgery

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Chicago running back Matt Forte’s production fell during his second NFL season. Did a knee injury have something to do with it?

Forte has already undergone surgery on his left knee this offseason, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. The exact nature of the procedure wasn’t available, but it was revealed late in the season that Forte had played much of the season with a sprained medial collateral ligament.

Typically, that injury isn’t treated with surgery. Assuming that’s the case here, Forte’s surgery was to address another issue.

Forte rushed for 929 yards this season, down about 25 percent from his yardage total as a rookie in 2008.

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