(WSCR) Matt Forte's value to the Bears extends far beyond the running game.
With Forte on the field, teams must stack the box, leaving open pockets for Bears wide receivers to do damage. Sidelined for the Rams game with an ankle injury, the Bears need Forte to return Monday night in Dallas.
"I had heard last week that they were hopeful that he could return against the Dallas Cowboys," Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune and National Football Post told The Mully and Hanley Show. "I think things are still pointing in that direction. They need him. They need him because of what he means to the passing game, as much as what he needs to the running game. They gotta get the running game going much better. It's gotta be more consistent. Hopefully, he'll be fine again today. If he can get through a little more of practice today without a set back, I think you'd have to feel pretty good about his chances of playing in that game."
LISTEN: Brad Biggs on The Mully and Hanley Show
Forte practiced Wednesday for the first time since injuring his ankle Sept. 13 against Green Bay. When asked directly is he'd be ready for the Cowboys game, the running back simply said "yeah."
"Forte said all the right things," Biggs explained. "When we were allowed out there, which is during the individual period of practice, he looked good. Now, it was a short practice yesterday and he only participated in the individual portion of it."
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