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Matt Forte, Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs All Expect to Play Sunday

December 1st, 2012 at 1:24 PM
By PJ Foti

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A plethora of Chicago Bears were unable to finish Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, but following a week of rest and practice, many believe they'll be able to give it a go.

Matt Forte, Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs all left Sunday with apparent ankle injuries, and all believe they will be able to suit up against the Seattle Seahawks.

All three are listed as probable on the injury report, that we will post tomorrow. Each player practiced Friday, and head coach Lovie Smith knew that each player would be ready to go against Seattle.

"It was never really a part of the mindset that [Tillman] wouldn't be able to play this week," Smith said. "Just like the rest of our guys. A lot of them couldn't finish the game; guys like Lance Briggs, Forte, they got a lot of treatment. They know how important this football game is."

All three players know that they are swiftly approaching Week 13, so it's expected that health isn't a virtue.

"I'm trying to win a championship here, so I know we can't get that with me being on the sidelines," Tillman said. "I'm just trying to be out there and help out.

"No one is healthy right now, and that goes across the league right now. No one is healthy."

Tillman left Sunday's game with what was revealed to be bone chips in his foot in the second quarter. He does however have a track record of playing through pain, so his presence on the field should be a surprise to anyone.

Forte and Briggs both left later in the game, and didn't return. Michael Bush performed well with Forte on the sidelines, and even scored two touchdown (though those occurred with Forte still available).

Having these three playmakers readily available Sunday is a breath of fresh air for the Bears, as Seattle is a tough test, even away from home.

Tags: Charles Tillman, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Football, Lance Briggs, Lovie Smith, Matt Forte, Michael Bush, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, Seattle Seahawks

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