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Forte: Toe "feels good"

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Matt Forte said his injured right toe has improved to the point where he will not be thinking about it come game time Monday night.

Maybe he will not be able to feel it. The temperature at game time is expected to hover around 10 degrees.

Forte, who is questionable on the injury report, practiced again Saturday morning in the Walter Payton Center as the Bears put the finishing touches on the long layoff they have had since last playing New Orleans Dec. 11.

"That's the most important thing is don't think about it, because then you don't worry about it and you're not trying to protect it,'' Forte said. "So don't worry about it and just go out there and just play. It feels good.''

Running back Matt Forte (toe) practiced again Saturday morning in the Walter Payton Center as the Bears had a final tuneup for Monday's meeting with the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. They'll need to have their ground game going as temperature at kickoff could hover around 10 degrees.

The Bears have won nine consecutive home games when the temperature at game time has been 32 or below. The only loss in the Lovie Smith era when it's been that cold at home was to Houston in 2004.

Matt Forte returned to practice Friday afternoon in the Walter Payton Center, eight days after he injured his right toe against New Orleans.

The Bears have listed him as questionable for Monday's game with Green Bay and he is expected to start. Given the club's reluctance to use other running backs all season, in fact, it would be quite a surprise if the rookie running back does not play unless there is a setback at Saturday's practice.

Running back Matt Forte remains sidelined with his injured right toe. He is one of two players who are not suited up and practicing outside this afternoon.

Forte sat out a short practice on Tuesday in the Walter Payton Center but there are two full days of practice remaining before Monday's game--Friday and Saturday.

As expected, defensive linemen Adewale Ogunleye (shoulder) and Anthony Adams (right foot) returned to the practice field Friday in preparation for Sunday's meeting with Jacksonville.

Ogunleye and Adams were both limited in practice and a preliminary report has them questionable for the game, but both players should start.

Linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer had full participation in practice and will be probable leaving only fullback Jason McKie out with his partially torn quad muscle. McKie probably will not play Thursday against New Orleans either. A week after injuring himself running in practice, he's yet to start running again.

The Bears got good news on the injury front as three starters and two key role players returned to the field for a morning workout in the Walter Payton Center. Tight end Desmond Clark (right knee), strong safety Mike Brown (calf) and defensive tackle Tommie Harris (left knee) all returned to practice on a limited basis. Linebacker Jamar Williams (groin) and wide receiver Marty Booker (knee) also were back at work.

Wide receiver Devin Hester was held out with coach Lovie Smith citing rest.

Proving once again he does not have a high ankle sprain, the kind of injury that would sideline an athlete six weeks, Kyle Orton took to the practice field Friday at Halas Hall and did limited work. While chances are Rex Grossman will start Sunday against Tennessee, Orton said not to rule him out and has continued to make progress, enough to allow him to suit up today.

"I can't go that far,'' coach Lovie Smith said when asked if Orton did enough to be on the field Sunday. "He's making progress, this is the first day he's actually where he's able to do anything so making progress, beyond that don't know."

Quarterback Kyle Orton is missing practice again this afternoon while he continues to rehabilitate his sprained right ankle. The Bears are practicing outside in the steady rain instead of moving inside to the Walter Payton Center.

Veteran free safety Mike Brown is back at practice on a limited basis after missing Wednesday's workout. He suffered a right calf strain late in the second quarter Sunday against Detroit and said he is feeling much better. In the past, it's the kind of injury that Brown probably would have tested in a game. He felt a twinge when he went to break out of his backpedal.

"Back in the day, I definitely would have tried to go back on the field and probably would've ended up hurting myself pretty bad,'' he said. "It wasn't something that was too painful. There were some things I was limited in doing like when I tried to get back out and warm up and see if I could continue. You know, back pedaling was a problem. That's what I do in the secondary. I didn't think it was too bad. Obviously, the MRI showed that. There's really nothing wrong with it. It's just more of a twinge than anything."

Looks like CB's Charles Tillman (shoulders) and Nathan Vasher (right wrist) will get a few more days to heal up. Neither was armed with a helmet when the Bears began practice this morning at Halas Hall. It's believed the team will be at full strength or close to it when winless Detroit (0-7) visits Soldier Field Sunday.

DT Tommie Harris, WR Marty Booker and SLB Hunter Hillenmeyer also appeared to be missing from action.

Devin Hester is back.

The returner/wide receiver is on the practice field this afternoon for the first time since being carted off the field in Carolina during the third quarter on Sept. 14.

Hester, who has torn cartilage in his rib cage, will probably be in a limited role today but when media was allowed out at practice he was active and on the field. That's good news for the Bears, who could work him back in a limited role Sunday against Philadelphia. We'll get a better indication on his status when the injury report is released later.

Seven weeks to the day since Chris Williams underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back he is on the practice field.

Williams is taking part in practice on a limited basis as he works his way back. The team has never put a specific timetable on a return but general manager Jerry Angelo did say he thought Williams would be ready for game action before November. Williams certainly isn't close but there are 3.5 weeks before the team's final game of October vs. Minnesota on the 19th. The team has a bye the following week.

There is a lot that needs to be learned about the first-round pick from Vanderbilt before he can be inserted into game action because he was injured on the second day of training camp. There will have to be a need too as the line has been decent through the first three games.

The practice is being conducted in full pads. No word yet, but a good guess is Williams is off limits to any contact.

Devin Hester is not participating in the practice in full pads this afternoon at Halas Hall. He is on the field but not in uniform, and nickel back Brandon McGowan was not spotted on the field when the media was allowed to view the beginning of practice.

Hester injured the left side of his ribs running back a kickoff in the third quarter at Carolina on Sunday. He had an MRI Tuesday and it's not believed the injury is serious, that it could have been just a fluke occurrence. Hester has said he is feeling fine and expects to play Sunday vs. Tampa Bay.

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