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Forte likely to play; Urlacher might, too

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10:56 AM ET 12.26 | Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte aggravated his ankle injury Sunday against Arizona, but he still expects to play against the Detroit Lions in Week 17. Despite being in a walking boot following the game, Forte told reporters he couldn't see himself missing Sunday's game. The Bears are still very much in playoff contention, but have to beat Detroit to have a shot at the final NFC Wild Card slot. Chicago could also get a boost from Brian Urlacher, as it's possible the linebacker could return after missing three games. Urlacher worked out prior to Sunday's game in Arizona.

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December 26, 2012  11:19 AM ET

Anything can happen in the playoffs but I don't see the Bears or the Vikes going too far this year.

December 26, 2012  11:47 AM ET

''Have to beat Detroit" If the Bears lose to the Lions they don't deserve playoff consideration.

December 26, 2012  12:42 PM ET

I think the Lions have talent, just no focus

December 26, 2012  12:55 PM ET

If you can walk this week you play because you have all the off season to heal if you are the Bears and lose.

December 26, 2012  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think the Lions have talent, just no focus

Plus many injuries in the backfield, lost many close games, Stafford had a bad year.

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December 26, 2012  01:29 PM ET
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''Have to beat Detroit" If the Bears lose to the Lions they don't deserve playoff consideration.

They don't deserve playoff consideration regardless. They just aren't good enough to beat anybody that matters.

December 26, 2012  01:33 PM ET
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Maybe an upset in the wild card game, but then they'd be done...if they get to the playoffs at all.

That's what it will boil down to, unfortunately. That 7-1 start was fun while it lasted, but the NFC North's stats were fattened up by playing a poor AFC South this season. Clobbering teams like the Titans and Jags isn't an indicator of how good a team might be.

December 26, 2012  01:35 PM ET
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Urlacher needs to be on the field to help the Bears.

Even at his age and playing hurt, Urlacher will help them. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of their "Peanut Brittle" RB. He's just a hurt looking for a place to happen.

December 26, 2012  01:38 PM ET
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He's just a hurt looking for a place to happen.

Nice... haven't heard that one before.

December 26, 2012  04:24 PM ET
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Even at his age and playing hurt, Urlacher will help them. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of their "Peanut Brittle" RB. He's just a hurt looking for a place to happen.

Why do people seem to think Forte is brittle? He's missed just 6 games in a 5 year career. That's only one more than Adrian Peterson in that span - is he brittle?

Certainly the ankle injury has definitely hampered Forte this year, but he's still just 9 yards shy of 1000 yards rushing and should be around 1400 yards from scrimmage. Not a bad season, but not at the level he showed in 2011 either.

December 26, 2012  04:59 PM ET

The Bears really choked this year, and Urlacher became a boring whiner.

The idiot cuts down Cutler, yet kisses Lovie's butt like a lamprey. He play is deteriorating, he's hurt all the time...time to retire, Brian. Chicago fans are in for years of a bad rebuilding team.

 
December 26, 2012  06:55 PM ET

I see the Vikes getting in with a packer loss. The bears are done then I think. If the Vikes win they get into the playoffs. That's why they moved the game to late afternoon so we would know if the bears won or not.

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