For those expecting Matt Forte to carry the Bears to the playoffs, think again. After losing Jay Cutler for the regular season just a week before, the Bears are now without Matt Forte for 2-6 weeks with an MCL Sprain. This is the same injury Jay Cutler experienced in the NFC Championship game against the Packers last January.
On Monday morning Matt Forte's MRI confirmed he had a grade two MCL sprain in his right knee. A grade three sprain is a complete tear. Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune expects Forte to be out 2-6 weeks. Typically an injury of this nature is a 4 week injury. In Forte's history of being injured, he has proven to be a fast healer. My personal opinion would have him returning around 3-4 weeks from now. He would miss games against the Broncos, Seahawks, Packers and potentially returning on January 1st against the Vikings.
Some experts are placing his return on Christmas day against the Packers. Right now Matt Forte is third in the NFL with 997 rushing yards. He leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 1,487. How important is Forte to the Bears? Well, he accounts for 38% of the team's entire yardage total this season.
In relief will be Marion "The Barbarion" Barber. On the year Barber has 76 carries for 281 yards and 5 TD's. After Forte's injury Barber came in and had 14 carries for 44 yards.
The Bears will face the Denver Broncos this upcoming Sunday. This is a must-win game for the Bears as they face the highly talked about, Tim Tebow.