Urlacher: Forte 'will be there' when he needs to be

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Urlacher: Forte 'will be there' when he needs to be

As matters stand now, the Bears will be without running backs Matt Forte and Khalil Bell when their voluntary offseason program begins next Monday. Its strictly business; neither has a signed contract or tender offer in place and theyre simply not permitted to be at Halas Hall for the sessions until they sign.

But Fortes unhappiness at not having a contract concluded will not make him a holdout when the season starts, according to one prominent teammate.

Linebacker Brian Urlacher said Tuesday that Forte will be there when he needs to be and that includes training camp.

Newly signed backup running back Michael Bushll have a lot of reps if Matts not there, Urlacher said, laughing, prior to his receiving the Bears Ed Block Courage Award for 2011. Bush willl get to know the offense pretty well.

Matt takes care of himself, knows the offense, is a smart guy, hes always in shape. Hell be at training camp when he needs to be. Either way whether hes under contract or hes franchised hell be there. Im glad weve got him back.

Fortes head coach did not sound any alarms, either, regarding Fortes eventual attendance or any possible effects from missing offseason work time.

Last season we didnt have an offseason, Lovie Smith said, alluding to the lockout that extended until just before training camp, and we had a pretty good year.

Preview: Cubs continue series with Nationals tonight on CSN

Preview: Cubs continue series with Nationals tonight on CSN

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Coverage from the District of Columbia with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies begins at 6 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the game for reaction and analysis on Cubs Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: John Lackey (5-8, 4.74 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (8-2, 3.57 ERA)

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Preview: Carlos Rodon makes season debut as White Sox face Yankees on CSN

Carlos Rodon makes his season debut as the White Sox take on the New York Yankees tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN Plus and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Tonight’s starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (5-7, 5.74 ERA)

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