Matt Forte and Eddie Royal will not play this week on MNF

Bears running back Matt Forte and wide receiver Eddie Royal have been ruled out for Monday's contest against the Chargers.

The Chicago Bears will have to make do without RB Matt Forte (knee) and WR Eddie Royal (knee) on Monday Night Football, as both starters have been ruled out.

Rookie Jeremy Langford will start in place of Forte. 

"I think for a guy that’s in his first year in the NFL, I’ve been surprised of how quickly [Langford] has picked everything up," offensive coordinator Adam Gase said this week. "The way that he’s [performed] in pass protection has been very impressive. Anything in the run game is easy for him, obviously being a running back. His ability in the passing game, too, it’s rare to be able to have a guy that can come in and do all three phases of a running back."

With Royal out, WR Alshon Jeffery and TE Martellus Bennett will carry a heavy workload, while WR Marquess Wilson should see an uptick in targets. 

C Hroniss Grasu (neck) is doubtful, which means the interior of Chicago's offensive line will be the same as it was last week: LG Vladimir Ducasse, C Matt Slauson, RG Patrick Omameh.

The following Bears are questionable: 

OLB Pernell McPhee (knee)
ILB Shea McClellin (knee)
TE Zach Miller (shoulder)
LT Jermon Bushrod 

McPhee did not practice this week and will be a game-time decision. 

"The knee has been bothersome we're trying to get him ready for the game," head coach John Fox said today. "That's the key in any week of preparation and we feel good about that. We'll just continue to evaluate that until Monday night."

If Bushrod can't play, Charles Leno will make his sixth straight start at left tackle. 

After missing last week, McClellin's questionable designation is a good sign, although I still expect him to sit out this week. 

WR Cameron Meredith (ankle) and ILB LaRoy Reynolds (knee) are probable. 

The best news of the day for the Bears is that nickelback Bryce Callahan has been completely cleared from his concussion and will start against the San Diego Chargers. The wheels fell off last week after Callahan left the game, so his return is a big boost for Chicago's secondary. 


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