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Matt Forte | Running Back

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 218
College: Tulane
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Matt Forte played 38-of-69 offensive snaps in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers on Thursday night.
Jeremy Langford was in on 31 snaps, so this was a pretty even timeshare in Forte's first game back from a three-week absence. Forte out-touched Langford 16-13, and each back gained 53 total yards. It's unclear if this is the Bears' plan moving forward, but it worked Thursday, and Langford has been impressive the past month. Both backs have standalone value in a Bears offense that likes to utilize its running backs both as runners, pass catchers, and at the goal line. Nov 27 - 11:57 AM

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Matt Forte ate up 44 yards on 15 carries and caught his only target for nine yards in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.

Forte didn’t make much noise in this one. He out-touched Jeremy Langford by a slim 16 to 13 margin and wasn’t able to convert any of his goal-line carries. It’s unclear if the Bears were trying to ease Forte in after missing three weeks with an MCL sprain or if they actually see this as a running back by committee. He’ll remain in the RB1 discussion next week against the Niners.
Nov 27 - 1:09 AM

Matt Forte is active for Week 12 against the Packers.

He'll get the start over rookie Jeremy Langford. The Bears' Week 12 inactives are S Antrel Rolle, WR Eddie Royal, RB Ka'Deem Carey, TE Martellus Bennett, DB Jacoby Glenn, OL Nick Becton, and DL Will Sutton.
Nov 26 - 7:13 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Matt Forte (knee) will be the "starter in name only" the rest of the season.

Rapoport said the plan is to have a "two-headed monster" with Forte and impressive rookie Jeremy Langford, who Rapoport said is viewed as the "not just the future but the present" because of his explosiveness. This was always a concern considering how well Langford played and that Forte is a free agent following the season, but it is not as if Forte will disappear from the offense entirely. The veteran should get enough work to remain in the RB2 conversation the rest of the way.
Nov 26 - 10:37 AM

Matt Forte (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's Week 12 game against the Packers.

As is Alshon Jeffery (shoulder, groin), but both are fully expected to play. Forte is returning from a three-game absence, and is unlikely to step back into his 18-plus carries per game workload after Jeremy Langford impressed as the workhorse. Both Forte and Langford should have roles moving forward, though Forte is a high-end RB2 and borderline RB1 against Green Bay.
Nov 25 - 2:58 PM

Matt Forte (MCL) confirmed that he plans to play Thursday against the Packers.

He sat out the last three weeks with a sprained MCL. "I probably could have played last Sunday, but I might not have been able to play coming up this week if something would have happened," Forte admitted. We still like Forte as an RB2 against the Packers, though Jeremy Langford played well enough in his absence to earn a handful of carries as the change-of-pace option. Forte ranks sixth in the NFL in rushing yards per game this year.
Nov 24 - 6:20 PM

Matt Forte (knee) remained limited in Tuesday's practice.

"Barring an unforeseen setback," Forte is expected to be active on Thanksgiving evening. It's possible Forte will be eased in, with standout backup Jeremy Langford keeping a change-of-pace role. Forte should be immediately reinserted into all season-long lineups, but consider him more RB2 than RB1 for Week 12.
Nov 24 - 3:24 PM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson said Matt Forte "appears on track to play" Thanksgiving Day against the Packers.

Forte reportedly participated in "an extensive pregame warmup" before the Week 11 loss to the Broncos and should be good to against Green Bay "barring an unforeseen setback." Forte will return as the lead back, but with Jeremy Langford playing well in his place, Forte may no longer be the 25-touch workhorse he was early in the season. Even so, he will remain a solid RB1 when healthy. Chicago cannot be expected to give any injury updates this week, but for now it appears safe to put Forte back into lineups.
Source: ESPN
Nov 23 - 9:23 AM

Matt Forte (knee, questionable) was limited in Friday's practice.

Forte was limited on Wednesday, did not practice on Thursday, and then returned to a limited session Friday. The progression of his practice week would seem to indicate Forte is getting close, but the general feeling among those covering the team is that Forte will most likely need one more game off to get his ailing MCL right. Still, Forte can't be formally ruled out until Sunday morning. Officially, he's a game-time decision.
Nov 20 - 1:30 PM

Matt Forte is open to sharing carries with Jeremy Langford when he returns from his knee injury.

With Langford playing so well, Forte isn't rushing to get back on the field. "Jeremy has talent," said Forte. "He's done his job like he's supposed to ... I've constantly worked with him and continue to tell him what I know so he can be consistent." Forte acknowledged that sharing work with Langford down the stretch could be better for the long-term future of both players. "I actually like it because now going forward I'm not going to have to play every single play or every down," he said. "So we can at least be healthy and be at full speed out there." It's hard to envision Forte settling for a committee role but the Bears might like to see what they have in Langford, especially with Forte a near certainty to leave in free agency. Forte is expected to return either this week or next.
Nov 20 - 9:08 AM

Matt Forte (knee) said he sat out Thursday's practice because the team practiced indoors on turf.

In other words, he didn't suffer a setback on Wednesday. Forte expects to be back "soon," but says he has to be careful since the Bears will be on short rest in Week 12. That could mean he's planning to sit out Sunday so he's ready to go on Thanksgiving.
Nov 19 - 3:21 PM

Matt Forte (knee) was held out of Thursday's practice after getting in a limited session on Wednesday.

Coach John Fox said Forte spent the afternoon getting treatment. Typically, this would be an obvious indication that Forte will miss his third straight game, but the Bears are not straightforward with injury protocols. Forte's Friday status will be key. We ultimately expect Forte to sit, leaving another week of workhorse duties for Jeremy Langford.
Nov 19 - 2:36 PM

Bears coach John Fox said the running back rotation will be "tricky" once Matt Forte (knee) returns.

"I don’t like speculating," Fox said. "I know we’re doing everything we can here to create competition amongst our team and learn to enjoy it. So we’ll cross that bridge when it happens." Jeremy Langford has acquitted himself well the last two weeks, and Forte is soon to be an unrestricted free agent who is unlikely to re-sign in Chicago. The Bears still have faint designs on a playoff berth, but once those evaporate there will be little reason to run Forte into the ground. There is no chance Forte disappears from the offense or even plays second fiddle, but his days hogging 75 percent of the running back touches may be finished.
Source: ESPN
Nov 19 - 12:08 AM

Matt Forte (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Forte got in a round of limited sessions last week but didn't even make the trip to St. Louis for the Week 10 game. We'll probably have to wait until the weekend to know his Week 11 status. Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey will continue to handle backfield duties if Forte is forced to miss another game.
Nov 18 - 2:41 PM

Matt Forte (knee) is inactive for Week 10 at the Rams.

Forte didn't even travel with the team to St. Louis. Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey will again handle backfield duties for the Bears. Alshon Jeffery (groin) is active. Also inactive for the Bears are OLB Pernell McPhee (knee), WR Eddie Royal (knee), C Hroniss Grasu, S Harold Jones-Quartey, DE Ziggy Hood, and WR Deonte Thompson.
Nov 15 - 11:38 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Jay Cutler
2David Fales
RB1Matt Forte
2Jeremy Langford
3Ka'Deem Carey
4Antone Smith
GLB1Matt Forte
2Jeremy Langford
3RB1Matt Forte
2Jeremy Langford
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Marquess Wilson
3Marc Mariani
4Deonte Thompson
WR21Eddie Royal
2Cameron Meredith
3Josh Bellamy
4Kevin White
WR31Marquess Wilson
TE1Martellus Bennett
2Zach Miller
3Khari Lee
LT1Jermon Bushrod
2Charles Leno
LG1Matt Slauson
C1Hroniss Grasu
2Nick Becton
3Patrick Scales
RG1Vlad Ducasse
2Patrick Omameh
RT1Kyle Long
2Tayo Fabuluje
K1Robbie Gould