Chicago Bears head coach John Fox met the media today and he addressed the injured knees of Matt Forte and Eddie Royal. Fox says that both players are still being evaluated, but he doesn't expect either injury to require surgery. As far as a timetable goes, the most Fox is ready to reveal is that, "right now the feeling is I don't see it being season-ending with either one."
Both Forte and Royal exited yesterday's game with knee injuries and failed to return to action against the Vikings.
If Forte misses any time the Bears will probably start rookie Jeremy Langford in his place. The other running backs on the active roster are Ka'Deen Carey and Antone Smith. RB/FB Paul Lasike is on the practice squad.
ESPN's Chris Mortenson is reporting that the Bears are discussing adding free agent RB Monte Ball, who played for Fox in Denver. Mortenson is also saying that Forte could miss at least 2 weeks.
If Royal is unable to play, it should be Marquess Wilson getting the starting nod in his place. Rookie UDFA Cameron Meredith also figures to see an increased role as an offensive fill in.
Here are a few other quick hitting Tweets from today's media session.
#Bears coach John Fox on ST coordinator Jeff Rodgers: "He's definitely a very capable coach. I don't have any concerns in that area."— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) November 2, 2015
John Fox on the #Vikings’ punt return TD: "It was not a well executed play." #Bears— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) November 2, 2015
#Bears John Fox on Pat O'Donnell not making tackle try on TD punt return - "at end of day you're not designing coverage" involving punter— John Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin) November 2, 2015
Fox on Lamarr Houston (4 snaps) and Willie Young (7 snaps): "We're going to play guys that give us the best chance."— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) November 2, 2015
John Fox on why the NFL trade deadline isn’t a big deal: "I know people aren’t really in line to get rid of good football players."— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) November 2, 2015
#Bears John Fox thinking just allowing 16 points says D not bad - DL Ziggy Hood still getting in football shape -— John Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin) November 2, 2015
Fox on the makeshift O-line: They executed "decent enough," but there is room for improvement.— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) November 2, 2015
What are your thoughts on Fox's comments, the trade deadline and on the 2 injured Bears?