After mishandling the Urlacher injury for about 8 months, it’s pretty much common knowledge that the Bears aren’t the best at handling injury-statuses with the media. And so far I’m getting that same impression regarding Matt Forte’s situation.
After Forte’s injury that occurred against the Green Bay Packers, the Bears immediately came back and said it was NOT high ankle strain, and that they’d be taking it day by day with Forte and prep him for his return. He has been sitting out of practice and did not play against the Rams on Sunday. But more recently, Lovie told the media that he was eyeing Forte’s return for the Monday Night Football game against the Cowboys next week. And I have already come across reports saying that he will not be playing after all, although no ‘official’ word has been made.
And in addition to all of that, the Bears brought in Ryan Grant for workouts on Tuesday which raised even more eyebrows. Now the public is speculating that Forte’s return is even further away than anticipated, which of course contradicts what the team has been saying all along.
If the Bears don’t know for sure what the healing process is looking like for Forte, than it’s fine that they don’t release a ton of information. But at the same time, they shouldn’t be making statements about his return at all. We have great backups for Forte, but the communication between the team and the media need to improve before they start getting criticized further. Forte is our stud, and giving fans and fantasy owners high hopes about his return when it’s not really going to happen is basically cruel.