The Bears running back understands a 30-plus-carry workload might be asking too much of one player. That would explain why Forte sounded open to rookie Kahlil Bell getting more touches, as he did Sunday in a 17-9 win over the Rams.
Forte ran the ball 24 times for 91 yards and a touchdown, while Bell had 11 carries for 35 yards in just his third game. The 35 carries were the most for a Bears tandem since Forte (23) and Kevin Jones (13) combined for 36 in the 2008 season opener in Indianapolis.
"The coaches decide who goes in and at what time," Forte said. "When I'm banged up or tired, (Bell) goes in. If (Bell) gets tired or banged up, I go back in.
"It's good to have two running backs. You can't run every play all the time."
The running backs were a little banged up after the game as Forte sprained his left hand and Bell bruised his ribs. Fellow running backs Jones (ankle) and Garrett Wolfe (lacerated kidney) are out for the season, while Adrian Peterson (knee strain) missed two games earlier.