Bears running back Matt Forte listed a number of different things he's doing to get his right ankle -- which he's sprained three times this season -- ready for this Sunday's crucial matchup against the Detroit Lions.
"I've been doing acupuncture, chiropractics stuff, soft-issue work, hyperbaric chamber -- [the] same stuff [as before]," Forte said Friday after practice.
But Forte said this time it seems to be working better. He is officially listed as probable after being a full participant in practice.
"Since I've sprained it the first time and it hadn't all the way healed, so it's not a lot more damage than like the first time," Forte said.
Either way, he's ready to play through some pain at Ford Field.
"That's what you've got to do," Forte said. "I know it's going to be painfu, especially when you get tackled or do running stuff. But it would just be like the Dallas game [on Oct. 1], where I got hurt on the first play and I just had to get re-taped."
Asked if he would sit out if this wasn't a must-win game for the Bears, Forte said, "No." But he acknowledged his ankle will be susceptible to further injury.
"Playing running back, it's always susceptible," said Forte, who is nine yards shy of 1,000 rushing yards for the season. "Just everybody flying around. I'm in the pile [with] everybody falling over the place everywhere, it's just one of those things."
Forte said this wasn't the first time he's used acupuncture to treat an injury.
"I've heard about it from a lot of guys," Forte said. "I tried it one time with my knee, when I had my knee scoped like four years ago. I figured it wouldn't hurt."