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Forte had 12 carries for 49 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as six catches on seven targets for 60 receiving yards and another score Sunday against the Dolphins.
Forte continues to be the Bears' best offensive weapon, as he leads the team in carries, rushing yards and receptions. He has now scored four touchdowns in the last two games and he'll be heavily relied upon in Week 8 at New England, as the Bears face off against a Patriots defense ranked second in fewest-passing yards allowed per game but 24th against the run.
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Forte was not listed on the Bears' injury report Thursday.
As was the case last week, Forte got the day off Wednesday before returning to a full practice Thursday. He should be at full strength for Sunday's tilt with Miami.
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Forte (non-injury) didn't partake in Wednesday's practice, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.
As he did a week ago, Forte was held out of Wednesday's drills in order to receive a day off. The strategy is employed throughout the league as a means of limiting the the reps of workhorses around the league (see: Marshawn Lynch). Forte experienced his most rigorous work of the season in Week 5 and 6, when he combined for 34 carries and 22 receptions (on 25 targets). Thus, rest is certainly an acceptable excuse to miss practice.
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Forte had a monster game in Sunday's win at Atlanta, racking up 157 yards from scrimmage while scoring two touchdowns. He finished with 17 carries for 80 yards and 10 receptions for 77 yards.
No matter the scoring system, Forte produced for fantasy owners Sunday. He's been a stud in PPR formats the last two weeks, catching a whopping 22 passes for 182 yards. There's no reason to think he can't carry this momentum into next week, as he'll face Miami at home.
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Forte wasn't listed on the Bears' injury report Thursday.
With averages of 16.4 rushes and 7.2 receptions per game, Forte is a prime bet to profit from a Falcons defense that has given up an NFL-worst nine rushing touchdowns to running backs this season.
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Forte (coach's decision) didn't practice Wednesday, Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago reports.
Forte received a season-high 29 touches in Week 5 -- 17 carries and 12 receptions -- intimating that the day off was merely for rest purposes. Expect him to return to practice in some capacity before the end of the week.
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Forte had 17 carries for 61 rushing yards and 12 catches on 12 targets for 105 receiving yards and a touchdown, but lost a costly fumble late in a 31-24 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Forte's touchdown was his first of the season, and while the fumble hurt, he has now accumulated over 160 yards in both of the past two games. Backup Ka'Deem Carey had only two carries, further cementing Forte's status as the workhorse in Chicago. Up next is a Falcons' defense that is ranked 30th in the NFL against the pass and allowed 124 rushing yards and a touchdown to the Giants in Week 5.
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Forte had 23 carries for 122 rushing yards and five catches on six targets for 49 receiving yards Sunday against the Packers.
Facing off against one of the worst run defenses in the league, Forte scorched the Packers for his highest rushing total of the season. The Bears relied heavily on the run game, with Forte getting a season-high 23 carries while also seeing backup Ka'Deem Carey grab 14 carries of his own, which he turned into 72 yards. Unfortunately, the Bears' touchdowns were scored through the air, a theme that has persisted through the first four games of the season, which has meant zero touchdowns for Forte so far. Forte is still getting a few looks near the goal line, but he has yet to convert. He'll look to break through in Week 5 against a Panthers defense that is really struggling this season and allowed 127 rushing yards to the Ravens in Week 4.
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Forte had 33 yards on 13 carries and 43 yards on six receptions in Monday's 27-19 win over the Jets.
Forte had a few nice rushing gains in the fourth quarter, after finding no room to run for most of the game. The Bears wisely focused on their passing attack against a Jets team that has a fearsome defensive line. Though he surprisingly has just 136 rushing yards through three games, Forte should have more luck next week in a matchup with the shaky Green Bay defense. The Chicago offensive line, while unimpressive Monday, figures to be a decent bunch this season. Forte is still playing nearly every offensive snap.
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Forte had 21 yards on 12 carries and 15 yards on five receptions (eight targets) in Sunday's 28-20 loss to the 49ers.
Not only did the Bears play from behind for most of the night, but they only ran 52 offensive plays. Forte's poor performance in a tricky matchup isn't especially concerning, as he was the only Chicago running back to record a touch, after taking 17 of the 18 carries last week. He's playing nearly every snap, and will likely continue to do so in games that are close. On a less positive note, the Bears' next opponent, the Jets, seem to be far better at defending the run than they are at defending the pass. That's true both in terms of early-season results and personnel.