Matt Forte does not have high ankle sprain, Lovie Smith says


Matt Forte (Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)

“Matt did go down with an ankle injury. It's not a high ankle sprain, as has been reported,” Lovie Smith said in an interview on WBBM “But right now, you know when you don't finish the game and he still has some soreness, we'll continue to monitor it, but we felt we needed another running back here. That's why we brought back a guy who knows our system and has played good ball for us in Kahlil Bell.”

Bell, who was released by the team in preseason when he reportedly refused to take a pay cut, signed a one-year contract Saturday, two days after Forte was injured in the Bears’ 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

As for the sideline confrontation in which quarterback Jay Cutler yelled at and bumped tackle J’Marcus Webb, Smith said he was ready to move on. Webb said the matter was insignificant, Cutler had rankled some with his comment about how deeply he cares about the game.

“We've moved on from the last game,” Smith said. “We didn't play as well as we needed to. We didn't handle some situations as we needed to. We like our football team. Things happen inside that you would like they weren't portrayed in the public, but that happens sometimes and you move on.

“We don't have any major issues except we lost the football game, and can't wait for the team to get back on the field this week.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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