Forte unsure when he'll return to Bears

December 06, 2011|By Tracy Swartz | RedEye

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte said Tuesday he's "feeling good" but not sure when he'll return to the Bears after injuring his right knee in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I'm able to walk around. I don't need crutches or anything like that," said Forte, who sprained his medial collateral ligament.

Forte, 25, was at the Victoria's Secret Pink store in Water Tower Place on Tuesday night with model Elsa Hosk to promote their holiday gift picks for female Bears fans.

(For the record, Forte is partial to yoga pants with "Bears" written above the butt and polka dot orange boxers.)

Forte said earlier in the day he had a platelet rich plasma injection, which involves drawing blood and spinning it to isolate plasma, which is re-inserted at the wound site to stimulate healing.

He said he's heard the timetable for healing injuries like his is two to six weeks, but he's unsure how long it will take him to bounce back.

Forte, who was drafted in 2008, and the Bears this season have been struggling with his contract. Forte wants a five-year extension worth at least $40 million with $20 million guaranteed, but the Bears offered $6 million per year with $14 million to $15 million guaranteed, according to the Tribune.

Forte said Tuesday there are currently no contract talks.

In the meantime, Forte said he's just waiting for the swelling on his right side to go down.

"Really just ice and elevation," he said.

tswartz@tribune.com | @tracyswartz

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