The Bears remain hopeful that Matt Forte will be able to play Monday night in Dallas after the running back practiced on a limited basis Thursday. Forte sat out last Sunday’s win over the Rams after spraining his ankle Sept. 13 in a loss in Green Bay.
“Matt Forte continues to get better,” said coach Lovie Smith. “He’s been able to do a little bit more each day. I can’t tell you a lot more than that as far as Matt is concerned except for he’s getting better and that’s been the case all along with him.”
Forte’s teammates hope that he will be able to face the Cowboys.
“It would be a big boost,” said quarterback Jay Cutler. “Anytime you lose a guy like Matt it hurts. I thought Michael Bush did a great job of filling in [with 55 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries against the Rams], but Matt gives that extra dimension when he’s in there.”
“Just stepping on the field he helps us out,” added receiver Brandon Marshall. “You have to pay attention to him whether it’s in the running game or the passing game. Matt’s running around pretty good. He feels good and he’ll definitely help us out a lot.”
In other injury news, long-snapper Patrick Mannelly missed practice Thursday because he was sick, defensive end Julius Peppers was held out due to a coach’s decision, and rookie tight end Evan Rodriguez was unable to work out because of a knee injury he sustained against the Rams.
For the Cowboys, defensive tackle Kenyon Coleman (knee), center Phil Costa (back), safety Matt Johnson (hamstring), punter Chris Jones (knee), nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle) and linebacker Anthony Spencer (shoulder) did not practice; while linebacker Alex Albright (neck) and safety Gerald Sensabaugh (calf) were limited.
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