Matt Forte continues to sit out of practice for the Chicago Bears as he heals from a knee injury. There has been some hope that the running back would be able to get on the field for Week 11 as the Bears prepare to host the Denver Broncos, but he has yet to participate in a full practice. In his place, Jeremy Langford has stamped his spot in the lineup for the future in Chicago and Forte is not all that thrilled with the idea of him getting tossed aside.
Forte's injury has been met with the rise of rookie Langford. For the past two weeks, the veteran running back has been nothing but supportive of the success his teammate is having on the field. However, with an expiring contract to his name Forte is beginning to think about the future and it might not be in Chicago. Forte noted that the Bears' fans like the next-best-thing and no one thinks that is him any more.
"The fans are the fans," Forte said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. "The NFL is 'What have you done for me lately?' I've been out a few games and Jeremy has done well stepping in for me. So everybody is always looking for the next best thing. With (me) being in my contract year, it's obvious that that's the storyline that will come up. Chicago is kind of like that: 'Well, see ya later, Matt.' I'm like, 'Man, I've been here going on eight years -- y'all just going to throw me to the side like that?' But that's the nature of the NFL. And I don't mind. I will play wherever I end up after that."
There is no denying that Forte is one of the best running backs in the NFL and his numbers and durability prove that has been a constant in his career. However, he is approaching 30 and there is a hot rookie playing in his place. The Bears are getting a glimpse of what life is like without Forte and it is no bad.
For now, the Bears are thinking the short-term. Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Forte along with Eddie Royal and Alshon Jeffery sat out of practice on Thursday. Royal is not expected to be active in Week 11 while Jeffery will likely play despite missing practices this week. Forte does not look like a lock to play in Week 11. That will leave Jay Cutler to once again attempt to make something out of nothing while giving Langford the chance to prove himself against a top defense. Ka'Deem Carey will get plenty of playing time as well if Forte is out.