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Fox: Bears' Forte dealing with 'some kind of damage' to knee

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Fox: Bears' Forte dealing with 'some kind of damage' to knee

Running back Matt Forte, who accounts for fully one-third of the Bears’ 2015 offensive production, came out of Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings as a significant “questionable” with a knee injury that casts uncertainty over at least his short term.

Forte was forced out of Sunday’s game after a hit to his right knee on a tackle by Minnesota safety Harrison Smith, leaving the field under his own power.

Coach John Fox reported no more specifics than what was known Sunday, but “obviously there’s some kind of damage to the knee,” Fox said Monday morning on his WBBM radio appearance. “We’ll find out the extent of that damage as the week goes on.”

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The Bears did not believe the injury involved Forte’s ACL, according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer. But Forte missed the final four games of 2011 with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, and a sprain typically takes a player down for a minimum of two weeks.

The Bears already have lost a running back – Jacquizz Rodgers to injured reserve with a fractured arm – to injury this season.

Forte has scored three of the Bears’ 13 touchdowns through seven games and accounted for 767 of their 2,331 total yards. Rookie Jeremy Langford stepped in Sunday and rushed for 46 yards on 12 carries, but dropped the one pass thrown to him by quarterback Jay Cutler.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.