Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte will not be in the lineup Sunday vs. the St. Louis Rams because of a right ankle injury, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
"Matt Forte is making a lot of progress but he won't be ready to this week, so he is out for this game," Smith said.
Forte missed all of practice this week after suffering the injury in the third quarter of the Bears' loss to the Green Bay Packers Sept. 13.
Michael Bush will carry the load this week in place of Forte. Through his first two games with the Bears, Bush has carried 26 times for 96 yards and two scores. He was a free agent signing by the Bears this offseason, inking a four-year $14 million contract.
He came over from the Oakland Raiders, where he spelled Darren McFadden and started 19 games the last four years for the often-injured running back. Last year, he ran for a career-high 977 yards
"Michael has started a lot in the league and has been in this role before," Smith said Friday. "There are not many Matt Fortes out there but our backup plan is pretty good, and Mike's going to step in there and do a great job."
Bush's goal is to prove his doubters wrong. He said he wants to show the league that he is an every-down back and hopes this opportunity will lead to more carries in the future.
Armando Allen and Kahlil Bell are the other two running backs on Chicago's roster heading to Sunday's game.
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