Monday, we discussed the tight timetable the Chicago Bears are on in order to safely participate in their Aug. 7 preseason opener. In an appearance Tuesday on ESPN's "First Take," Bears tailback Matt Forte acknowledged there "is a little bit of concern" about whether players will be ready for that game if the NFL lockout delays the start of training camp. The Bears' first practice is scheduled for a week from Saturday.
"You don’t want to go into a game not prepared and not having been able to get into pads enough or things like that," Forte said. "... Sometimes you can have too many preseason games. A lot of guys can get injured in the preseason, and you don’t want to start off the season injured."