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Matt Forte may skip preseason opener

Updated: August 7, 2011, 4:13 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Bears running back Matt Forte is considering sitting out Chicago's first preseason game on Saturday against the Buffalo Bills as his agent continues to negotiate a long-term extension with the organization.

"That's a possibility," Forte said on Sunday.

Forte, who is scheduled to earn $550,000 in base salary in the final year of his rookie contract, cites safety as the main reason he might make the difficult decision to skip the preseason opener.

"It's ...

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