Lovie Smith eyes Matt Forte return

Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith said the team is "hopeful" Matt Forte will play on Oct. 1 against the Dallas Cowboys on "Monday Night Football" after missing one game with an ankle injury.

"He made a lot of progress last week, and we have an extra day also, so that should help," Smith told WBBM-AM 780 on Monday. "We're just hopeful that he'll be able to go. If not, our running backs, not only Michael Bush (Sunday), but Kahlil Bell and Armando Allen all did a good job. But we hope we'll get our stud running back back."

Forte suffered a right ankle sprain against the Green Bay Packers and did not practice last week before being ruled out of the Bears' 23-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Bush started in place of Forte on Sunday and rushed for 55 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown. Bell, who was re-signed after Forte was injured, rushed for 20 yards on 10 carries.