Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has confirmed that Matt Forte’s ankle sprain is “not believed to be a serious injury.” Biggs adds that his Week 3 status “remains a question.”
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith mentioned on Monday that RB Matt Forte does not have a high ankle sprain like numerous reports have suggested. Instead, Smith just referred to Forte’s ankle as being “sore.”
“Matt did go down with an ankle injury. It’s not a high ankle sprain, as has been reported,” Smith said while appearing on WBBM (780-AM), via ESPNChicago.com. “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.”
The Bears signed Bell to a one-year contract following Thursday’s loss to the Packers, so it seemed as though this had a lot to do with the severity of Forte’s ankle. While Smith did not provide a timetable for Forte’s return, the fact he is not dealing with a high-ankle sprain should decrease the number of weeks that he’ll be out.