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Will Forte play against Seahawks?

Posted Nov 27, 2012

Larry discusses Matt Forte's status for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, if any Bears games will be "flexed" to later times and Fox switching away from the Bears-Vikings game at halftime.

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

I was very disappointed to see Matt Forte hurt his ankle against the Vikings. I think he is integral to the Bears' success. What is his status for this Sunday's game versus the Seahawks?

Ryan H.
Appleton, Wisconsin

Much more will be known about Matt Forte's status as the week progresses and we see how much he's able to practice. There's always some concern when a player is unable to finish the game, as was the case with Forte last Sunday against the Vikings. The good news is that he seems to be a quick healer. He only missed one game earlier in the season when he suffered an ankle injury against the Packers. Here's what coach Lovie Smith said about Forte on Monday: "We need him and we're hopeful that he will be ready to go. But if not, Michael Bush and Armando Allen will need to step up the way they did [against the Vikings]."

Any news whether this Sunday's game might be changed to 3 p.m.?

Craig C.

Each of the Bears' next three games will remain at noon on Sunday and won't be flexed to later in the afternoon or night: this weekend against the Seahawks, Dec. 9 in Minnesota and Dec. 16 against the Packers at Soldier Field. There's still a possibility that one of the Bears' final two games could be flexed, Dec. 23 in Arizona or Dec. 30 in Detroit, but I doubt that will happen.

So how does Fox get away with dumping out of the Bears-Vikings game at halftime, claiming the score was too lopsided? I've never heard of such a thing.

Ira
New Jersey

I wasn't aware that Fox switched away from the game, but I've received several emails from angry Bears fans across the country. Networks have the ability to switch away from games that become blowouts, but I've never heard of them doing so at halftime, especially in a division game between two teams that could have been tied for first place (had the Vikings rallied to win). It's much more common for networks to switch away from games late in the fourth quarter. I know I'd be just as upset about it as you and the other Bears fans who've contacted me.

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