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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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