Sick Bay: Forte, Melton improvement welcomed

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Sick Bay: Forte, Melton improvement welcomed

Running back Matt Forte and defensive tackle Henry Melton, the former coming out of the Arizona game with an ankle injury, the latter never getting on the field because of a chest injury, both were able to practice Thursday on a limited basis.

Fortes work took on added significance with backup Armando Allen again missing practice with the knee injury suffered in the Arizona game.

Forte is making a lot of progress; was able to get some reps in today, said coach Lovie Smith. He looked pretty good. Were hopeful for him, which we thought all along. I know hes been pretty optimistic about the plan. So hopefully that will be the case.

Safety Chris Conte (hamstring) and linebackers Blake Costanzo (calf) and Brian Urlacher (hamstring) also were out of practice altogether as hope dims for Urlacher making a return in Detroit.

Another positive: tackle Jonathan Scott was able to go through of all of practice for the first time since injuring his hamstring in the Green Bay game.

The Lions got wide receiver Calvin Johnson (kneeankle) back on a limited basis but were still without safety Louis Delmas (knee), defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (ankle).

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh

6'2" | 226 lbs.

2016 stats:

2,885 YDS, 60.5 CMP%, 27 TD, 7 INT, 163.4 QBR | 72 CAR, 286 YDS, 3 TD

Projection:

Third/Fourth Round

Scouting Report:

"Peterman's experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league. His physical attributes are just average, but his accuracy, composure and anticipation are what sets him apart from some of the more physically gifted quarterbacks in this year's draft. Peterman's tape is sure to catch the eye of at least a few teams in need of a quarterback and he should come off the board by day two with a chance to become a solid starting quarterback in the future." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Video analysis provided by Rotoworld and NBC Sports NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Mark Sanchez officially signs with Bears

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Mark Sanchez officially signs with Bears

On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Chris Emma, Seth Gruen and Danny Ecker join David Kaplan to discuss the Mark Sanchez signing. Does this mean the Bears won't draft a quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft? 

Later, the White Sox named Jose Quintana their Opening Day starter, but lose Carlos Rodon and Todd Frazier to injuries. 

Finally, Robin Lopez is back after serving a one-game suspension. The panel looks at the Bulls matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast below.