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On some level, Keith can relate to Torres

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On some level, Keith can relate to Torres

Duncan Keith fielded the questions about Raffi Torres, his thoughts on the Phoenix Coyotes forwards hit on his teammate, Marian Hossa, the night before.

In a way, Keith could relate.

Ive made mistake(s) myself, said Keith. Torres is playing hard, trying to help his team. He made a mistake, too.

Keith never mentioned his mistake specifically. But it certainly sounded like he was alluding to his elbow to Canucks forward Daniel Sedins head, the one that cost him a five-game suspension, the one that has him as hated in Vancouver as Torres currently is in Chicago.

When it first happened, Keith said, the puck was up in the air, and from what I remember, Im trying to close my gap and have a good gap on him, Right at the last second he moves forward and I dont know where the puck is. Its fast and, like I said, I hope hes OK. He was asked several times in the ensuing days to revisit his hit, and the one Daniel had on him, but he didnt want to elaborate on either.

On Wednesday, Keith admitted that emotions can get the best of you in heated on-ice situations.

For myself, yeah, you have to keep your emotions in check. I learned from that, Keith said. Its tough, though. Hockeys a fast-paced game and things happen in the heat of the moment you regret. At the same time, its about being in control.

Keiths loss of control cost him five games and a chunk of his wallet. He was also assessed a two-minute elbowing penalty on the play. Torres wasnt penalized for his hit in Game 3, and NHL officials later said none of the four referees saw the play, so nothing was called.

Its easy to look back and say, it shouldve been a penalty. But I guess the refs didnt see it, Keith said. It happened quick and the puck wasnt there, and they didnt see it. So if they didnt see it, they didnt see it.

The NHL will look at Torres hit again, and theyll have an in-person hearing with the forward on Friday. Emotions get the best of players. They got to Keith before; they apparently got to Torres again.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: How many games should Myles Garrett miss?

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Matt Forte open to Bears return?: 'My knees feel pretty good on this plant based diet'

Matt Forte open to Bears return?: 'My knees feel pretty good on this plant based diet'

The Bears running game woes are well-documented at this point in the season and now it is looking like rookie running back David Montgomery could be out on Sunday as he is officially a gametime decision for the matchup against the Rams, further complicating the issues plaguing the Bears. 

Bears fans have been routinely thinking about the glory days of the franchise to distract themselves from what has been an up-and-down 2019 season. When one Bears fan took to Twitter to share a quick Matt Forte appreciation post, he got the attention of Forte himself. 

In 2014 and 2015, Forte's last two years with the Bears, he amassed 3,133 yards from scrimmage and 17 touchdowns. After this Forte finished out his last two seasons with the New York Jets. Though Forte's last time on the field was the 2017 season, don't think that the veteran running back couldn't make a return if he absolutely set his mind to it.

A fan posited the question of:  Would Forte return to the Bears if offered a one-year deal? And Forte responded rather quickly that he would definitely be interested if such an offer was on the table.

Chicago sports fans all over the Twittersphere started to rejoice at the thought of Forte again donning a Bears jersey but when some asked Forte to not get them "worked up" about such an exciting idea, he hilariously replied that his plant-based diet has done wonders for his knees.

Obviously the lighthearted nature of Forte's response suggests that while he probably could still return to the NFL and play at a good level, he more just wanted to show his continued support for the franchise that brought him into the NFL in 2008. 

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