But anyone who has watched the Pro Bowl running back at training camp has seen a stronger and seemingly faster player.
Forte has had several over-the-shoulder catches down the field and could be another deep threat along with Brandon Marshall and Devin Hester.
Running backs coach Tim Spencer gushed over what he has witnessed from Forte, particularly after Forte missed the entire offseason during a contract dispute. Not to mention Forte missed the final four games last season after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
"To me, Matt looks faster every year," Spencer said. "He's definitely in shape. He's quick. He's been professional. He's picking up the (offense) real good. Not too many miscues."
Forte did have a fumble in practice Monday, which was uncharacteristic for a player who rarely fumbles.
"He kind of got a little thumb injury, and I'm not trying to make any excuses for him, but it did kind of hit him on his thumb," Spencer said. "You have to hold the ball. But I'm not going to sweat that because he knows what he did and knows when to tighten things up."
On hold: It's no secret Julius Peppers has gotten a little annoyed in the past when officials missed obvious holding penalties against offensive linemen.
With replacement officials set to work Thursday's exhibition and possibly the regular season, Peppers was asked if he thought such a change would affect the way games were called, specifically in terms of holding penalties.
"Nah, it shouldn't," he said. "I don't really have any thoughts about (replacement officials). I haven't thought about it all."
Still missing: A team source said Brian Urlacher did not rejoin the team for Wednesday's closed walk-through at Olivet Nazarene. It is unclear whether he'll be on the sideline Thursday night, but Urlacher won't play as he continues to deal with soreness in his left knee.
He was excused from practice Monday and Tuesday for personal reasons and missed four consecutive days before that because of the knee.
Extra points: Jay Cutler became a dad Wednesday: The Bears quarterback and fiancee Kristin Cavallari are proud parents of a 7-pound, 9-ounce boy, Camden Jack, Cavallari announced via Twitter. There was no word whether the birth will prevent Cutler from playing Thursday. … The Bears waived tight end Draylen Ross, apparently to make room for veteran defensive end Alex Brown to sign a one-day contract in order to retire as a Bear. Ross could be re-signed to the 90-man roster.