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Forte continues to produce in defeat


Running back Kyle Long provided one of the few bright spots in Sunday's 27-14 loss to the Dolphins, scoring both Bears touchdowns on a 10-yard catch and 1-yard run.

It was the third time in his seven-year NFL career that Forte scored on a rush and a reception in the same game. He also accomplished the feat in 2008 at Detroit and last season versus Green Bay.

Forte produced 109 yards from scrimmage Sunday, rushing for 49 yards on 12 carries and catching six passes for 60 yards. He entered Week 7 ranked seventh in the NFL in rushing and leading the league in receptions.

Roster news: With left tackle Jermon Bushrod returning after missing two games with knee and ankle injuries, the Bears' regular offensive line was back intact for the first time since the season opener against the Bills.

Bears players who missed Sunday's game with injuries were linebackers Lance Briggs (ribs) and Jonathan Bostic (back) and safety Chris Conte (shoulder). Khaseem Greene started in place of Briggs, while Brock Vereen filled in for Conte.

Cornerback Kyle Fuller exited in the third quarter with a hip injury. He was replaced by Sherrick McManis, who returned after missing four games with knee and quad injuries.

Linebacker Darryl Sharpton and nickel back Demontre Hurst entered the game in passing situations.

Tough to say: Quarterback Jay Cutler found it difficult to explain how the Bears managed only 54 yards and two first downs in the first half.

"I wish I had some more answers," he said after the game. "I need to see the tape. We need to break it down. I just don't have a lot of answers right now for you."

Cutler said he didn't regret throwing a pass to tight end Martellus Bennett that was intercepted by safety Reshad Jones.

"That's where it had to go," Cutler said. "They were hugging up on Matt. He was walking too high. Marty's the go-to guy."

Cutler was sacked three times, losing a fumble on one when he was dropped by defensive end Cameron Wake, who beat right tackle Jordan Mills.

"They're good," Cutler said of the Dolphins. "They didn't do anything super complicated to us; dropped five a little bit. They just dropped their guys out and played coverage, tried to zone us out and keep everything in front of them, which they did well."

One-liners: Rookie Pat O'Donnell's 53.0-yard gross average was the highest by a Bears punter with at least three punts since Todd Sauerbrun had a 53.6-yard average Nov. 27, 1997 at Detroit. … Lamarr Houston deflected Caleb Sturgis' 37-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter. ... Sunday marked the first game this season in which the Bears never led.

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