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Bears worried about Forte's knees

Chicago's Matt Forte breaks away from Jets linebacker

Chicago's Matt Forte breaks away from Jets linebacker David Harris in the Bears' win on Sunday. (Dec. 26, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Bears running back Matt Forte is skipping the team's Organized Team Activity sessions because of a contract dispute, and it doesn't appear there will be a resolution to his money issues any time soon. 

It doesn't help that the team is now concerned about the condition of the 26-year-old running back's knees. Per David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune, those concerns are standing in the way of a long-term deal for the team's top runner. 

The Bears have designated Forte as their franchise player, which means they retain his rights for the 2012 season at a cost of $7.7 million in salary. But Forte has yet to sign the deal, and will likely hold out of training camp in a bid to secure a long-term contract. Forte is hoping to earn a deal in the range of the five-year, $45 million contract agreed to earlier this month by Eagles tailback LeSean McCoy. 

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