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Smith expects Forte to return from knee sprain

LAKE FOREST (AP) – Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith expects star running back Matt Forte to return this season from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Smith says he "looked pretty good" on Monday, but he wouldn't put a timetable on Forte's return.

Forte was injured in the first quarter of Sunday's 10-3 loss to Kansas City and left the game. Chicago was already missing quarterback Jay Cutler, who is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb.

Smith says the Bears won't bring in a veteran quarterback even though Caleb Hanie is struggling, squashing speculation that they'll sign Donovan McNabb. He also dismissed a report that offensive coordinator Mike Martz will be gone after the season.

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