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Forte not expected to return next week at Green Bay

Two weeks after suffering a Grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte says he’s nowhere near 100 percent and doesn’t want to risk further injury by trying to come back too soon, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports.

“Day to day, I just see how it feels,” Forte said on Saturday. “It’s always really stiff in the morning because I’ve been asleep. It hurts in the morning, but once I get warmed up, I just try to see how it feels. I’ve been doing some straight-ahead jogging this week which has been OK, but I’m nowhere near 100 percent. So it’s not looking good for next week, I know that.

“A lot of people were speculating about Christmas Day [against the Green Bay Packers] and things like that,” Forte said. “But my mindset is, realistically, playoffs would be the only thing that I would really have my mind set on.”

At the time of his injury, Forte had 997 rushing yards and 490 yards receiving, yardage that comprised 38 percent of the Bears’ offense. Grade 2 MCL sprains tend to take between two and six weeks to heal.

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