The Bears have lost players to injuries during the voluntary offseason workout program the past few years, but there is no concern Matt Forte's hamstring strain is serious.
With only a few minutes remaining in Wednesday's OTA session at Halas Hall, Forte left the field with a slight limp. He did not participate in Thursday's session, and he could be held out the next two weeks but it will only be as a precautionary measure. Multiple sources said Forte is fine and one added, ``I saw him today and if there was a limp it was just a slight hitch. He's fine.''
The Bears gave Forte an MRI, but again that was a precautionary measure. If any player gets hurt, he gets every appropriate test. The Bears have eight OTA sessions remaining over the next two weeks and if a player has any health concern, he's held out. The Bears been taking it easy with defensive tackles Tommie Harris and Marcus Harrison, who both have knee issues. Forte's durability has been proven over the last two seasons. Forte made 677 carries in his senior season at Tulane and last year as a rookie.
The club has lost players in the spring before. Fullback J.D. Runnels suffered a torn ACL. Defensive end Dan Bazuin had a knee injury that wiped out his rookie season. Mark Bradley had knee surgery last spring and defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek was also hurt in spring drills.
*** The Bears are close to a contract with defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert. Frank Bauer, the agent for the third-round pick, visited practice on Wednesday and spent much of the time talking with general manager Jerry Angelo and college scouting director Greg Gabriel. It's believed the sides are just down to sorting out some language in the contract. The club has seven of nine draft picks under contract, tops in the league.