Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday that RB Matt Forte does not have a high ankle sprain, and while he didn't go into specifics, he did say Forte is still sore, which is why the Bears brought back Kahlil Bell.
Forte was injured during Thursday's 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and multiple outlets reported it was a high ankle sprain, which usually keeps a player sidelined longer than a normal sprain.
"Matt did go down with an ankle injury. It's not a high ankle sprain, as has been reported," Smith said on WBBM (780-AM). "But right now, you know when you don't finish the game and he still has some soreness, we'll continue to monitor it, but we felt we needed another running back here, that's why we brought back a guy who knows our system and has played good ball for us in Kahlil Bell."
It's good news for owners because high ankle sprains can sideline a player for weeks. Forte is still sore, and the team didn't want to speculate when he would return. He'll have a few extra days to rest for Week 3 against the Rams at home, but owners should back themselves up in case he can't go. Michael Bush is a likely fill in with Bell also getting some action.