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.
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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