The Bears came out of last Sundays game losing a valued running back when Michael Bush went on injured reserve with a rib injury. They arent expected to lose another one this week, but Matt Forte leaving the game after a half with an injury to his right ankle has the franchise again holding a little of its breath.
Its not the worst that Ive ever felt, but its the third time, Forte said. Its just getting a little aggravating.
The unofficial sense was that the move was precautionary as much as anything, with the Bears leading 21-6 at halftime and in no danger of being overtaken by an outclassed Arizona Cardinals team.
Forte left Game 2 in Green Bay and missed all of Game 3 this season with an ankle injury and suspicions have persisted that he has been playing through a nagging injury as he has in seasons past.
Before he left, however, Forte was accounting for most of the significant offensive production in the first half when Jay Cutler was struggling through a 1-of-11 start with his passing. Forte scored once on a four-yard run that he helped set up with a 36-yard run and finished the half with 11 carries for 85 total yards. He carried once in the third quarter for three yards.
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They reflect on a surreal Saturday night as the Cubs’ clinched their first pennant in 71 years. Plus ESPN 1000’s Jesse Rogers and Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi join Kap from Cleveland to preview Game 1 of the World Series.
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CLEVELAND — Kyle Schwarber is expected to be in the Cubs' lineup for Game 1 of the World Series, representing a wild, improbable comeback.
Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL during the first week of the regular season in a collision with Dexter Fowler in center field.
Now, more than six months later, he's back and deemed ready to go after appearing in Arizona Fall League action the last three days.
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CSNChicago.com's Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki break down Schwarber's potential impact in the Honda Road Ahead and why everybody is so drawn to the "Fast Hulk."
As Mooney says, the Cubs even had front office members running up to their suite during the pennant celebration Saturday night at Wrigley Field to watch Schwarber's at-bats down in Arizona.
But with Schwarber back, that presents another ripple on the Andrew Miller storyline as the Indians' superstar reliever already posed a major threat to the Cubs before adding another left-handed bat into the fold that hasn't seen live pitching since early April.
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