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Forte ruled out of Sunday’s game

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 21, 2012 – 2:45 pm

The Bears on Friday announced that running back Matt Forte will miss Sunday’s home game against the Rams with a sprained ankle he sustained in last Thursday night’s loss to the Packers.

“Matt Forte is making a lot of progress, but he won’t be ready to go this week,” said coach Lovie Smith. “Everybody else is ready to go and practiced today.”

Forte will be replaced in the starting lineup by veteran Michael Bush, who has rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in two games this season.

With the Raiders last year, Bush stepped in after Darren McFadden suffered a season-ending injury and rushed for 977 yards and seven touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 418 yards and 1 TD.

“No doubt we feel comfortable with Michael Bush,” Smith said. “Michael’s excited about playing too. When you’re the backup running back, you want to get reps and I can’t think of a running back that’s ever had too many carries. So he’s excited about it, as is Armando Allen and Kahlil Bell. All those guys are ready to go.”

Rams running back Steven Jackson will be a game-time decision. Jackson did not practice Friday for the third straight day and was listed as questionable on the injury report, meaning there’s a 50/50 chance he’ll play.

Also for St. Louis, left tackle Rodger Saffold (knee), defensive tackle Matt Conrath (knee) and safety Matt Daniels (hamstring) are out; defensive tackle Michael Brockers (ankle) is doubtful; and backup left tackle Wayne Hunter (ankle) and fullback Brit Miller (thigh) are questionable.

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Cutler keeping the faith in Webb, line

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 21, 2012 – 2:12 pm

Although J’Marcus Webb has struggled at times, Jay Cutler still has faith in the Bears left tackle.

“Have to,” Cutler said. “For me to be successful in my job, I’ve got to have faith in him and I’ve got to believe each week he is going to do his part and it’s going to allow me to do mine.”

Cutler has enough of his own responsibilities in games to worry about the offensive line.

“You’ve got to play the game as if you have complete faith,” said the Bears quarterback. “You can’t be watching the line, you can’t be guessing ‘maybe they’ll block this play’ because you are not going to be very successful doing that. Each play you’ve got to believe in them, you’ve got to trust them and you’ve got to do your job.”

The Bears made one change on their starting offensive line this week, replacing Chris Spencer with Chilo Rachal at left guard. They could soon make another one if Webb doesn’t perform up to expectations.

“We have seven players who suit up every week and those seven players all get reps with the ones,” said offensive coordinator Mike Tice. “We’re going to try to make sure and make the proper decision of the five guys we’re going to put in there who can protect our quarterback and help us run the ball.”

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Bears determined to rebound again

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 21, 2012 – 1:29 pm

After getting thumped 23-10 by the Packers last Thursday night in Green Bay, the Bears hope to continue a positive trend Sunday when they host the St. Louis Rams at Soldier Field.

Since 2006, the Bears are 14-4 in games immediately following a double-digit defeat. That includes a 6-1 record when playing at home after a blowout loss on the road.

On two occasions, the Bears rebounded from a lopsided road loss to a division opponent by not allowing a touchdown in a home win over the Rams. In 2008, they lost at Green Bay 37-3 before defeating St. Louis 27-3. In 2009, they lost at Minnesota 36-10 before beating St. Louis 17-9.

“I just think we have the right attitude,” said middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. “Coach [Lovie] Smith makes us have the right attitude about it. For some reason we have played well after we have our backs up against the wall. We should play like that every week though.”

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Kozlowski named HS coach of week

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 21, 2012 – 12:22 pm

Former Bears wide receiver and special teams standout Glen Kozlowski has been named the Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Week.

After posting a 3-24 record in his first three seasons at North Chicago High School, Kozlowski has led the Warhawks to a 4-0 start this year. Last weekend North Chicago rallied from a 7-0 deficit to beat Antioch 35-7, allowing just 26 total yards in the second half.

Kozlowski, who played with the Bears from 1987-92, served as head varsity coach at Wauconda High School from 2002-08 before joining North Chicago.

Kozlowski and the other Coach of the Week winners will be recognized during an on-field ceremony Dec. 2 before the Bears-Seahawks game at Soldier Field. They also will attend a Bears practice and “chalk talk” session with coach Lovie Smith.

The Bears’ Coach of the Week program is in its 17th season. It honors outstanding Illinois high school coaches who develop players’ football skills and knowledge, character, leadership, discipline and teamwork abilities.

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