Matt Forte '95 percent' healthy

Updated: January 9, 2012, 6:43 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte said Monday that he's "95 percent" recovered from his knee injury and he should be ready for his first Pro Bowl on Jan. 29.

"I actually just got done running, so I'm doing pretty well right now," Forte said on "The Scott Van Pelt Show" on ESPN Radio. "I would say I'm about 95 percent.

"I'll probably have a physical next week heading into the Pro Bowl, so I'll be out there and I should be good to go."

At least one teammate said that while he understands why Forte wants to play in his first Pro Bowl, he also is worried about his health as he negotiates a new contract.

"It's his first one," Urlacher said recently on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "You want to play. It's a big deal, you get voted in.

"I'd like to see him not play, because I care about his career as a teammate, but at the same time, I see where he's coming from."

Forte, who missed the last four games with the knee injury, is optimistic a new deal will get done when the Bears hire a general manager to replace Jerry Angelo.

"I'm pretty optimistic that things will get done because it's the offseason right now," he said. "We were coming off the lockout and negotiating a contract, which is tough because you don't have a lot of time heading into camp.

"Not giving that as an excuse. I feel like the deal should have been done. Now I feel like it really should get done because like I said, you get your contract based on your production. In the past four years I've been producing pretty well, so I feel like the deal shouldn't be that hard to get done. Hopefully when the GM comes in he gets settled and my agent will contact him and we can get down to business."

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