The Bears Beat (01.19.12): Forte cleared for Pro Bowl, still unhappy about possible franchise tag

January 19th, 2012 - 5:58 pm
Matt Forte was cleared to participate in the Pro Bowl.

Matt Forte was cleared to participate in the Pro Bowl.

Bears running back Matt Forte, selected to his first Pro Bowl despite missing the last month of the season with a knee injury, has been cleared to participate in the game. He also made it clear in a recent interview that he would be extremely unhappy if the Bears placed the franchise tag on him this offseason and it remains a possibility he would hold out if that happened, although he did not say as much. Finally, Bears director of player personnel, Tim Ruskell — gasp! — interviewed for the Bears’ general manager job, which was vacated by Jerry Angelo, who was responsible for hiring Ruskell to his current position.

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Bears running back Forte cleared for Pro Bowl (The Canadian Press)
Thu Jan 19 16:09:22 2012
The Chicago Bears say running back Matt Forte is cleared to play in the Pro Bowl after passing a physical.

Bears running back Forte cleared for Pro Bowl
Thu Jan 19 16:09:00 2012
LAKE FOREST (AP)  – The Chicago Bears say running back Matt Forte is cleared to play in the Pro Bowl after passing a physical.

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Bears interview Ruskell for GM opening
Thu Jan 19 15:26:08 2012
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Bears RB Forte cleared for Pro Bowl
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The Chicago Bears say running back Matt Forte is cleared to play in the Pro Bowl after passing a physical.

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