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Bears confident rookie Forte can shoulder load

Originally Published: June 24, 2008
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com

In a news conference last week, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith hinted he would enter training camp with a rookie as his top tailback.

Veterans Shaun Alexander and Kevin Jones were available on the free-agent market, but Smith expressed confidence in rookie Matt Forte.

And guess what?

The sky didn't fall.

The pillars at Soldier Field remained upright.

Life carried on.

The Bears' thinking could always change as training ...

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