Matt Forte expects to play through injury on Sunday
Matt Forte sprained his right ankle during the second half of last week’s 28-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte was limited at practice on Thursday but had a full workout on Friday. Matt Forte said that he is experimenting with a number of treatments also used during previous injures to speed up the healing process in his ankle.
"I've done this stuff before, acupuncture, chiropractic stuff, soft-tissue work, hyperbaric chamber, same stuff," Forte said.
The 27-year-old Matt Forte had particularly high regards for acupuncture, which was also his go-to treatment after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery four year ago.
"I've heard about it from a lot of guys," said Matt Forte. "I tried it one time with my knee, when I had my knee scoped like four years ago. I figured it wouldn't hurt."
Although Matt Forte was officially listed as probable against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith had optimistic views about Forte’s performance so far.
“I was encouraged that he was finally able to get on the practice field,” said Lovie Smith. “He was able to move around, which we thought he would be able to do. The normal progress we hoped he would make, he has made.”
This is the third time in the season that Matt Forte has sustained the same ankle injury. It kept matt Forte out of the Week 3 game against the Baltimore Rams, after initially suffering the ankle injury in the 23-10 loss to Green Bay Packers only a game ago. Matt Forte reinjured his ankle in the Week 12 win over Minnesota Vikings. But this time Matt Forte believes his ankle is responding better to the treatment.
“It seems to work better,” said Matt Forte. “Since I sprained it the first time, it's gotten all the way healed, so it's not a lot more damaged than the first time."
Despite the circumstances, Matt Forte hopes to start for his team as they enter a must-win situation at Ford Field on Sunday. Although, Matt Forte acknowledged it won’t be easy playing through the ankle injury, he has no intentions of backing down if given the chance to start.
"Playing running back, it's always susceptible," said Matt Forte. "Just everybody flying around. I'm in the pile [with] everybody falling over the place everywhere, it's just one of those things."
“I know it is going to be painful, especially when you get tackled and hit on,” continued Matt Forte. “It will be just like the Dallas game, when I got hit on the first play and I just had to get re-taped.”
Matt Forte is on pace to finish the season with over 1,000 rushing yards for the second-consecutive season, with at least nine yards gained on the ground Sunday.