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Bears say Forte can play in Pro Bowl; should he?

Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:29 pm
ForteBy Josh Katzowitz

OK, see if this makes sense.

Bears running back Matt Forte was placed on injured reserve this season after injuring his knee on Dec. 3, and already obviously displeased with the way Chicago hadn’t given him the contract extension he so dearly wanted, he said he wouldn’t return to play unless he was 100 percent.

“I'm not going to rush to get back on the field and play while I'm hurt, because (if) you're not at 100 percent you may injure it even more if you do that,” Forte said then.

Right, that’s fine. Smart even. If the Bears won’t pay him what he feels he deserves, there’s no sense in Forte possibly hurting himself again if he’s not completely healthy.

But Thursday the Bears announced Forte had passed his physical and had cleared him to play in the Pro Bowl. It sounds like that’s exactly what Forte will do.

And all I can think is: why? Why would he risk getting injured again as he moves into free agency?  Yeah, the Bears very well could place the franchise tag on him, but I’m betting they won’t if he tears his ACL during the game (hey, Robert Edwards effectively ended his career during that week of celebration).

Is he, as one Twitter follower suggested, simply flipping the bird to the Bears? If that’s the case, it seems like an awfully big risk for a few minutes of pleasure. Not sure I understand.

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:08 pm

Bears say Forte can play in Pro Bowl; should he?

I think Matt Forte is a great talent and can't wait to see him suit up next season -- whether it's in Chicago or someplace else.  I'm a Redskins fan but I completely respect his talent and enjoy wathing him play.

On the other hand while he's recovered/recovering from this potentially career crippling injury, Forte is a complete moron if he agrees to play in the Pro Bowl.  There's no way to sugar coat this or put a positive spin on it.  It would be plain stupid to suit up for this game.  He probably hasn't worked out in pads since the injury and would likely be a bit tentative in his play the first time back.  That's a recipe for revisiting the injury.

Don't be stupid, Matt!  Enjoy a trip to Hawaii but don't dare suit up to play.  Watch from the press box and plan your offseason prep for a great 2012 comeback!

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:29 pm

Bears say Forte can play in Pro Bowl; should he?

I'm from Chicago and I love Forte. That said, none of his accomplishments happen without Jay Cutler on the field. The run doesn't open up without a QB like Cutler beside him and none of those short passes that Forte turned into big gains happen without Jay. Cutler is the key to that offense even making a terrible O-line look OK. Just sayin if Forte goes elsewhere, he might not put up those big numbers.

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:54 pm

Bears say Forte can play in Pro Bowl; should he?

There's no reason that he should play except for the fans.... HOWEVER, Super Bowl teams' players don't play anyway so it's clearly not about the fans here.

Sit it out Forte and go somewhere where you will make what you deserve!

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