Forte doesn't have high ankle sprain

It was originally reported that Bears running back Matt Forte's lower-leg injury was the dreaded high ankle sprain. Coach Lovie Smith says those early reports were incorrect.

In the second half of Thursday's 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte had his ankle rolled up during a tackle by Charles Woodson. He was forced to leave the game with what was referred to as a lower-leg injury.

The next morning, ESPN's Adama Schefter reported it to be a high ankle sprain, an injury that can keep a running back out for up to six weeks. It was the reason the club went out and signed veteran ball carrier Kahlil Bell, just a few weeks after waiving him.

Yet coach Lovie Smith said on WBBM 780 this morning that the original reports regarding the severity of Forte's injury were incorrect.

"Matt did go down with an ankle injury. It's not a high ankle sprain, as has been reported," Smith said. "But right now, you know when you don't finish the game and he still has some soreness, we'll continue to monitor it, but we felt we needed another running back here, that's why we brought back a guy who knows our system and has played good ball for us in Kahlil Bell."

Despite the good news, Forte's status is still up in the air regarding this week's matchup against the St. Louis Rams. If the club thought he would be ready to play on Sunday, they probably wouldn't have signed Bell. Expect Forte to be out at least a week or two, high ankle sprain or not.

Michael Bush will take over as the primary back for as long as Forte is out. Bush rushed for 54 yards on 14 carries against the Packers.

-TE Kyle Adams, who missed Thursday's contest with a shoulder injury, said today he should be ready to go against the Rams.

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