Bears RB Forte out for the game with knee injury

Matt Forte

Matt Forte was injured in the first quarter when it appeared Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson hit the Chicago Bears running back on a knee with his helmet.

Forte was taken to the locker room during the first quarter and the team has ruled him out for the remainder of the game, meaning the listless Bears’ offense is without quarterback Jay Cutler and the NFL’s leader in yards from scrimmage.

Forte has been a model of durability during his NFL career since being a second-round draft pick in 2008. He has not missed a game. Marion Barber replaced him and Kahlil Bell is active as the third running back.

Forte played through an MCL sprain during his second season in 2009. He is in the final year of his contract. The club negotiated with Forte in training camp and preseason for a long-term extension but the sides could not reach an agreement. Staying healthy is a significant risk that Forte took. The Bears are expected to place the franchise tag on Forte if a deal cannot be worked out after the season ends.

We’ll see if the team shares any information on Forte’s health after the game.

Defensive end Julius Peppers was taken to the locker room a few minutes later, but he returned.

Former Bears quarterback Kyle Orton started the second quarter for the Chiefs. He injured his throwing hand on the first play while throwing a pass on an incomplete flea-flicker play and had to leave the game. Orton is questionable to return.

 

 

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