Chicago Bears head coach John Fox said on Monday that he doesn’t expect running back Matt Forte to need surgery on his knee after he was injured in the Bears' 23–20 loss against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Fox added that Forte’s injury is still being evaluated, but he doesn’t believe it will be season-ending.
Forte, 29, sustained the injury in the third quarter after taking a hit from Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith. The running back was able to walk off the field on his own, but headed straight to the locker room. Forte had 10 carries for 41 yards and caught four receptions for 28 yards before leaving the game.
Rookie Jeremy Langford filled in for Forte and carried 12 times for 46 yards.
Forte, who is in the final year of his contract, has been rumored as a trade possibility. In seven games this season, Forte has rushed for 548 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bears (2–5) face the San Diego Chargers (2–6) on the road next Monday night.