Oct 2, 2012
After missing week 3, Matt Forte avoided disaster when he twisted the same ankle that had sidelined him on the first play of the Cowboys game last night. The Bears medical staff was able to mask the pain with a tight tape job, and Forte finished the game with 14 touches.
While the injury isn’t expected to have any long term affects, it serves as a reminder that Forte is not 100%. With a short week of healing ahead, it is hard to imagine much more than a 50/50 split between Forte and Michael Bush this Sunday against the Jags. The value of the two backs is headed in opposite directions, as Forte’s stock is pointing up while Bush may have already peaked, but that doesn’t mean you should cut him. He should record 10-15 touches next week and is still the running back Lovie Smith trusts when it comes to icing the game. If you own Bush, and not Forte, I’d encourage you to feel out the Forte about a potential trade, as he will want the handcuff, and now is the last time (assuming health) that Bush’s value will be as high as it currently is.