2012 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC Wins 59-41

Four of the five Bears named to the Pro Bowl come from the defensive side of the ball.

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Matt Forte Injury: Is Chicago Bears' RB Risking Millions By Playing In 2012 Pro Bowl?

The latest in the contract sage for Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is puzzling CSN Chicago analyst John Mullin. According to Mullin, forte plans to play in the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl, a move that could potentially damage his chances to sign a long-term deal with the Bears if he re-injures his knee.

According to Mullin, Forte understands the unpredictability of injuries, but does not seem to grasp the gravity of his situation:

"I can get injured walking out the door," Forte said as players left for the offseason. "The Pro Bowl, it’s my first time making it. I want to go out there and be on the field. I can’t worry about injuries all the time."

The difference now, however, is that he is playing without a contract.

Call it love of the game. Or call it...

Crazy? Bears head coach Lovie Smith doesn't think so. He in fact lauds the choice, saying:

"If Matt wants to play in the Pro Bowl, I’m all for him playing in the Pro Bowl," coach Lovie Smith said.

The 2012 NFL Pro Bowl, held annually in Honolulu, Hawaii, will take place Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012.

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Brian Urlacher Injury Update: Chicago Bears LB To Miss Pro Bowl

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher told reporters on Tuesday that he will not be playing in this year's Pro Bowl, which occurs on Jan. 29. The star defender was voted onto the team by fans, but he's still recovering from a tough knee injury that he sustained in Chicago's final game of the season against the Minnesota Vikings.


Related: Report: Bears LB Brian Urlacher injured both MCL and PCL, but will not require surgery

Surgery will not be necessary on Urlacher's left knee after injuring his MCL and PCL during Week 17, but he isn't going to push himself to play any earlier than he should. The injury usually takes about 10 weeks to heal, but he told ESPN's "The Waddle & Silvy Show" that he's optimistic about his rehab:

Once I get the rehab done and get this thing back to where it was before, there will be no worries in my mind, and I don't think it will take 10 weeks. I feel like I heal up pretty quick. I'll do exactly what they tell me to do, but I don't think it will take that long.

Urlacher is still one of the most important players on Chicago despite his advancing age, and the 33-year-old continues to be one of the best linebackers in the entire NFL. Having him at full strength will be key for the Bears going into next season.

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Matt Forte Injury Update: Bears RB Intends To Play In Pro Bowl

According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, the top running back for the Chicago Bears hopes to play in the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl. Jensen reports RB Matt Forte will undergo a physical in the coming weeks and hopes to head to Hawaii in January.

Forte left the Bears' Week 12 game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a Grade 2 MCL Sprain, but was unable to return to the Bears before the season ended. The fourth-year pro out of Tulane ran for only 997 yards and 3 TDs in the 2011 season, but managed a career-best 4.9 yards per carry.


Related: Brian Urlacher To Undergo MRI On Knee


The Chicago running back is an unrestricted free agent after the 2011 season, but the Bears are expected to aply the franchise tag to Forte if they cannot complete an extension.

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2011 NFL Pro Bowl: Charles Tillman Happy To Make First Pro Bowl

Christmas might have been three days ago, but for Bears veteran cornerback Charles Tillman it was yeterday. The Bears nine year veteran found out yesterday he made his very first pro bowl.

Tillman may have had better statistical seasons in the past, but is so happy to be heading to the pro bowl as he told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday.

"It happened at the right time," Tillman said Wednesday at Halas Hall. He was able to share the good news with his parents and in-laws who were in town for the holidays. "There obviously were other corners who were doing bigger and better things than me in years past," Tillman said. "That’s why I wasn’t able to go, I suppose. But everything happens for a reason. They called me this year, I got in, so I’m grateful for the honor."

Peanut is one of five Bears named to this years pro bowl. Joining Tillmas will be Matt Forte, Corey Graham, Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher.

Here is a link to the full rosters for both conferences.

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