Matt Forte went down in a December meeting against the Chiefs with a sprained MCL. The Bears announced that Forte has passed his physical, and he has been cleared to play in the Pro Bowl.
Forte will become a free-agent at the start of the offseason. If he wants to play for another team besides the Chicago Bears, I think he should definitely play in the annual Pro Bowl. Although the game itself is meaningless, Forte has a chance to prove himself. Coming off a knee injury, he needs to show every other team that he can bounce back and be the same guy we all witnessed prior to the injury.
On the other hand, if he wants to stay in the Bears’ uniform, I think he should sit out. Chicago wants him back, and he has nothing to prove to them except that he deserves more money. Risking aggravating his knee again is a huge decision.
I recommend he does not play, but as a fan, I would like to see him play in the Pro Bowl along with every other elite player in the NFL. If I was Forte, I would have a set number of plays to be in on, and let the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff know. He doesn’t want to reinjure his knee, nor should he come back and take too many snaps too early. Forte just needs to show he is fine, and then enjoy the camaraderie with the other NFC players.