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MAY 21, 5:09a ET | Sportsnaut
Rotowire: May 12 / 10:33a ET
News: Coach John Fox suggested Monday that Forte could be in line for a reduction in snaps this season, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports. "It's a positive that [Forte] has had a number of carries and the production he's had, both catching the ball and running the ball," Fox said. "We've always been believers in kind of a one-two punch and rolling guys through there...a wave of those guys to stay fresh. I've always had [that approach] with running backs."
Impact: Despite his team's overall struggles, Forte was fantasy gold under Marc Trestman the past two seasons, ranking fourth among all NFL running backs in carries (555) and first in receptions (176) during that span. Forte still profiles as a dual-threat lead back in Fox's system, but it appears safe to bet that he won't be on the field for 92 percent of the Bears' offensive snaps again, as was the case last season. With the Bears adding Jacquizz Rodgers in free agency and fourth-rounder Jeremy Langford through the draft, Fox has ample bodies at his disposal to relieve Forte, who has subtly indicated his dissatisfaction with the prospect of decreased playing time, especially with his contract expiring after the season. While the situation likely won't result in Forte holding out for a new deal, it's not clear if the Bears' new brass has any intention of re-signing the running back, who will turn 30 in December. If it becomes increasingly apparent as the season wears on that Forte will not receive a new deal, expect the likes of Rodgers, Langford, and second-year back Ka'Deem Carey to cut further into his snaps.
Rotowire: Apr 29 / 10:27a ET
News: Though Forte was not present at Tuesday's voluntary minicamp, he indicated that he plans to attend subsequent OTAs and the Bears' mandatory minicamp, the team's official site reports.
Impact: While there was some speculation that Forte's absence might be motivated by a desire for a contract extension, the running back quickly shot that notion down. "I'm not there because I'm finishing my third week of rigorous speed training, which we do not do at Halas Hall," Forte noted. "This was already my plan as of season's end last year because after evaluating myself (which all players should do) I felt I was missing something." Forte is coming off a 2014 season in which he carried 266 times for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns, to go along with 102 catches for 808 yards and four receiving TDs.