"Matt Forte is continuing to get better," Smith said Monday at Halas Hall. "We have an extra day this week, so we're hopeful. Eventually we'll get him back out there."
|Matt Forte celebrates his 6-yard touchdown run in the Bears' season-opening win over the Colts.|
Asked if the Pro Bowl running back will be able to practice this week, Smith said: "Hopefully he will be. Eventually we'll get him back out there, but as far as when I don't know that right now. I just know every day I see him doing a little bit more, and we have an extra day so we're hopeful."
Super sub: Forte was replaced in the starting lineup by
"You can't say enough about a guy like Michael Bush," said quarterback
Bush split time with
"It was good to see Kahlil Bell get some reps," Smith said. "Kahlil can do some of the same things we ask Michael to. I still think there's a place for
Under pressure: The Bears' 14 sacks are the most in their first three games of a season since 1987, and 13 of the 14 have been generated by the defensive line.
The intense pass rush has made life easier for the secondary, which has produced six interceptions, including a league-leading four picks by cornerback
"It's been a huge impact," Jennings said. "Quarterbacks are back there getting the ball out. They've got to get it out on time or get it out hurried because our d-line is getting after them.
"Any time we can create a whole bunch of sacks and get the quarterback a little jittery back there, us on the back end are able to react quick. There aren't going to be a whole lot of pump fakes and there isn't going to be a whole lot of looking around. As soon as we see the quarterback getting ready to throw it, we're getting ready to break."
Tough customer: After
"Chilo brings that edge to the offensive line, and he doesn't take a lot of grief in there," Cutler said. "He's a big guy. He's kind of a mauler and I feel comfortable with him in there."
"Tough guys give you an edge a little bit," Smith added. "He's a tough guy in everything that he does. He's an aggressive guy that plays hard from start to finish. We have a lot of guys like that, but I think some guys can play hard from start to finish a little bit differently, and that's what we're expecting from Chilo."