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Bears running back Forte cleared for Pro Bowl

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Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte rushes around San Diego Chargers linebacker Antwan Barnes in this Nov. 20 file photo. The Bears say running back Matt Forte is cleared to play in the Pro Bowl after passing a physical.

LAKE FOREST (AP) – The Chicago Bears say running back Matt Forte is cleared to play in the Pro Bowl after passing a physical.

Forte sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee early in a loss to Kansas City on Dec. 4 and sat out the rest of the season.

He still got selected to his first Pro Bowl, finishing with 1,487 yards from scrimmage and 997 rushing in his fourth season. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry and figures to be in for a big raise, with his rookie contract expiring.

Forte came into the season looking for an extension, but did not reach an agreement with the Bears.

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