Forte, an impending free agent, does not expect to remain with the Bears, ESPN.com reports. Forte said in late December that he wants to return but doesn't think it will happen. WR Alshon Jeffery will likely be the Bears' top priority in free agency, as Jeremy Langford showed signs that he may be ready to replace Forte as the lead back. The 30-year-old Forte has aged well for his position, so he shouldn't have much trouble finding a starting job in free agency. However, he probably won't match the gargantuan workloads that he handled for much of his time in Chicago, where he had three seasons (2008, 2013, 2014) with 350+ touches.
Forte rushed for 76 yards on 17 carries and added 34 yards and a touchdown with three receptions in Sunday's loss to the Lions. Forte got the major bulk of the touches in what may have been his final game as a Bear, besting rookie Jeremy Langford 20 to five. Since returning to the lineup in Week 12, Forte received more touches than Langford in four of six games, but also turned 30 years old during that span. With Langford emerging as a cheaper, younger replacement, the Bears may be tempted to bring Forte back only on a discount. Even if he were to stay in Chicago, he is no longer the ball hog that fantasy owners have enjoyed in past years.
Forte (back) is active for Sunday's game against the Lions, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports. The back issue limited Forte during practice all week, but there wasn't much concern over him missing the contest, which could mark his final game in a Bears uniform. With Jay Cutler without his top four receiving targets Sunday in Alshon Jeffery (), Eddie Royal (illness), Martellus Bennett (ribs), and Zach Miller (toe), expect the Bears to adopt a run-heavy approach that heavily involves Forte and backfield mate Jeremy Langford.
Forte (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions after practicing in a limited fashion all week. The Bears kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday, so those considering Forte in fantasy lineups will have his Week 17 status confirmed before the first wave of kickoffs this weekend. Slated to become a free agent this offseason, Sunday could mark Forte's last game with the Bears, with Jeremy Langford presumably in line to serve as the team's featured back in 2016.
Forte (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. The Bears haven't released Forte's practice status for Friday, but he he was limited both Wednesday and Thursday. With the Bears consistently providing minimal information on injuries, it's unclear if Forte is expected to play in what could be his final game for the organization. If he ends up sitting out, Jeremy Langford would be the clear lead back, with Ka'Deem Carey serving as the top backup.
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