Matt Forte had a rough first half on Sunday -- he lost a fumble to the Vikings, then a pair of goal line carries to Michael Bush -- but his day really took a bad turn in the third quarter.
Forte was bent backwards by a gang of tacklers on this short gain, injuring his right ankle. He limped slowly to the Bears locker room, never returning to the field. Forte finished with 14 carries for just 42 yards and two catches for four. Meanwhile, Bush carried 21 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
The play on which Forte suffered the injury nearly became a double-disaster for Chicago, as Minnesota returned a fumble for a defensive score. The turnover was reversed by replay review; the ankle issue remains, and it looked nasty. Bush is still available in 47 percent of Yahoo! leagues at the moment, so give your waiver wire a quick scan.
Chicago earned a much-needed win over a division opponent in Week 12, but they'll emerge with a messy injury report. Forte isn't the only damaged Bear. Charles Tillman, Devin Hester, Lance Briggs, Lance Louis and Chris Spencer are all dinged, dealing with injuries of as-yet unknown severity. Just like last season, Chicago is getting unhealthy at the wrong time. (Not that there's ever a good time).