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Matt Forte will take physical from Bears in a few weeks

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Running back Matt Forte said he will undergo a physical from the Bears in two to three weeks, and he'll play in the Pro Bowl if he's cleared by the club.

"I think anybody who makes the Pro Bowl their first time would like to go out there and play," Forte said.

Last week, the Bears placed Forte on the injured reserve before the NFL announced its Pro Bowl roster. He would not be eligible to play in the Pro Bowl, but he can if he passes a physical from the team.

"I was concerned about not being able to play in it, being that it was my first time," Forte said. "But it all worked out."

The Pro Bowl is important to Forte, since it did come up in his contract negotiations with the Bears before the season.

"To me, I felt like my value was always pretty high. But obviously they didn't think it was. Before we were negotiating, I had to have a Pro Bowl or whatever," Forte said. "Obviously, that must mean a lot in negotiations. So I have now, maybe it's going up a little bit."

Bears coach Lovie Smith said he had no qualms with Forte playing in the Pro Bowl.

"If Matt wants to play in the Pro Bowl, I'm all for him playing in the Pro Bowl. I think it's special when you get voted by your peers, to go to your first Pro Bowl," Smith said. "The type of year he had, even missing the last six games... But yeah, I am in favor, if Matt wants to, and he's indicated to me that he does want to play in it."

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