NFL Update: Forte on the Mend, Ray Lewis Off IR
UNDATED (AP) - The Chicago Bears practiced without running back Matt Forte Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's huge game against Detroit. However, Bears coach Lovie Smith says Forte's injured right ankle looks good and says his top running threat is encouraged by his recovery.
The Bears will reach the playoffs with a win over the Lions and a Green Bay win or tie against Minnesota. The Bears can also get to the postseason with a tie and a Vikings loss.
In Other NFL News:
- Linebacker Ray Lewis has been added to the Baltimore Ravens' 53-man roster, but coach John Harbaugh says the 17-year veteran will not play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 37-year-old was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list after tearing his right triceps on Oct. 14. He had to be added to the active roster by Wednesday to be eligible for the playoffs.
- The Philadelphia Eagles have placed quarterback Nick Foles on injured reserve and signed defensive tackle Antonio Dixon to a two-year contract. Foles broke his throwing hand in last Sunday's loss to Washington, giving Michael Vick an opportunity to start the season finale against the New York Giants.
- Browns return man Josh Cribbs has apologized for a profane tweet following the Cleveland Browns' 34-12 loss at Denver. Cribbs said Wednesday he was mad at himself for muffing a punt, angry it contributed to the loss, then enraged after he received several derogatory messages.
- The status of New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is uncertain for this Sunday's game against Buffalo. The former first-round draft pick suffered a concussion and injured a knee during last Sunday's 27-17 loss to San Diego.
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