To speed up the healing process, Bears running back Matt Forte has undergone plasma-rich platelet treatment on the sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
“I’m here, standing up and walking around, so obviously that’s good,” Forte said during a Tuesday night promotional appearance. “MCLs usually don’t take a whole lot of time to get back. But it does vary from two to as long as six weeks. I don’t want to make any predictions because I really don’t know. I got a (platelet rich plasma) injection this morning that is supposed to make it heal faster.”
Recovery time from a sprained MCL is between two and six weeks. With four weeks left in the regular season, Forte could conceivably return, but he won’t do so until he’s 100 percent.
:I’m just treating it, just like any other injury. I’m going to wait until I get 100 percent out there because I don’t want to hurt myself,” said Forte. “And me not being 100 percent, I’m going to hurt the team because I can’t do what I’m supposed to do.”
Forte is earning $600,000 in the final year of his rookie contract, which belies his importance to the team’s offense. Forte leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage and has accounted for 38 percent of his team’s offense. The Bears offered Forte a long-term contract that reportedly included $13-14 million in guaranteed money, far below what other top running backs received in the offseason.
Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson received a four-year extension that averages over $13 million per season and includes $30 million in guarantees, while Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams received $21 million in guarantees in August.
The Bears would have the option of using the franchise tag on Forte, which would be worth around $7.788 million in 2012 if the salary cap stays at the $120.4 million figure.