No surprise: Bears rule out Matt Forte

I tried to spare you minute-by-minute updates this week on the condition of Chicago Bears tailback Matt Forte. As we discussed, Forte's status for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams seemed in doubt from the moment the Bears re-signed veteran Kahlil Bell last weekend. Forte's injured ankle might not be of the high-sprain variety, but there never seemed a realistic chance he would play Sunday.

So it's not surprising that Smith moments ago declared Forte out for Sunday's game. Michael Bush will start against the Rams, with Bell and Armando Allen in reserve.

The real question is whether Forte can get back, with one extra day of rest, in time for the Bears' game next Monday night (Oct. 1) against the Dallas Cowboys. Stay tuned on that one.