CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 4: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears lays on the field after being injured on a hit by Derrick Johnson #56 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field on December 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Matt Forte Injury: Bears RB Plans To Play In 2012 Pro Bowl

The Bears runningback missed the final four games of the 2011 season with a knee injury, and now, with a contract dispute hanging over him, he has elected to play in the 2012 Pro Bowl.

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Matt Forte, Lance Briggs And The Revisionist History Of Contract Disputes With The Chicago Bears

Matt Forte isn't the first member of the Chicago Bears to feel insulted by the franchise tag, and he won't be the last. The Forte situation mirrors the one Lance Briggs went through in 2007, writes SB Nation Chicago editor Ricky O'Donnell.


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.

For more on the Chicago Bears, head over to Windy City Gridiron. For more from around the NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL news hub. Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more Chicago sports updates and breaking news.


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.

Be sure to stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago and Windy City Gridiron, SB Nation's Chicago Bears Blog, for the latest updates on Forte and the Bears. For more news from around the NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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