(HAWAII) — Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has been cleared to play in this weekend’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii after coming off a season-ending MCL sprain.
Forte is looking forward to getting back on the field since being sidelined on Dec. 4.
“I’ve been pretty good for a couple weeks now. My leg has been healed up for a while. I’ve been running and catching balls, doing all kinds of stuff just to make sure I was good,” said Forte in an interview with ESPN. “I feel good, so I wanted to be out here for my first Pro Bowl.”
Despite Forte’s enthusiasm to play on Sunday, Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer played devils-advocate.
“There’s always a concern,” Spencer said about the chance of Forte tweaking the knee. “But he’s nine weeks past that. And he probably could have played a couple weeks prior to now. Matt’s a smart individual. He knows his body. And from what I’ve seen — and I’ve seen him at the facility — he looks pretty darn good. He’s looks like he’s ready to play football.”
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