Matt Forte, Earl Bennett may sit

Updated: September 29, 2012, 5:53 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (ankle) and wide receiver Earl Bennett (hand) are questionable for Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys, according to coach Lovie Smith.

Forte participated in the Bears' workout Saturday after being limited in practice the previous three days. The Pro Bowl tailback sat out last week after he sprained his ankle in the third quarter of a Week 2 loss at Green Bay.

Bennett has been nursing a hand injury for the last two weeks. The wideout has caught a combined three passes for 32 yards in the last two games after posting three catches for 50 yards versus the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1.

"He's been playing and just has to keep playing and doing what he's doing and he'll be fine," Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake said.

Smith said rookie fullback Evan Rodriguez will not play Monday due to a knee injury. Rodriguez hurt the knee on the opening kickoff against the St. Louis Rams last weekend, returned to action for five plays, then was officially ruled out for the rest of the game.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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