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Bears well-represented in Pro Bowl voting


Perched atop the NFC North with an 8-3 record, the Bears continue to receive more respect.

In Pro Bowl fan voting through Nov. 27, four Bears players are the leading vote-getters at their respective positions in the NFC: Outside linebacker Khalil Mack, cornerback Kyle Fuller, free safety Eddie Jackson and return specialist Tarik Cohen.

Mack was named the NFC defensive player of the month for September. He currently leads the Bears with eight sacks and is tied for the NFL lead with five forced fumbles.

Fuller is tied for second in the league with a career-high five interceptions. He has also registered 42 tackles and broken up 15 passes, two of which have resulted in interceptions by teammates.

Jackson leads the league with three defensive touchdowns, and his five defensive TDs since the start of the 2017 season are more than 21 NFL teams.

Cohen leads the NFL with 322 punt return yards and is only the second player in league history to gain at least 500 yards via rushing, receiving, punt returns and kickoff returns in his first 25 games. The first was Mack Herron of the Patriots in 1973–74.

Rookie Roquan Smith is second in Pro Bowl voting at inside linebacker; tight end Trey Burton strong safety Adrian Amos Jr. and special-teams standout Sherrick McManis are third; quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, center Cody Whitehair, defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, inside linebacker Danny Trevathan, cornerback Prince Amukamara and punter Pat O'Donnell are fourth.

Fan voting for the Pro Bowl will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at through Dec. 13. Fans also can vote directly on Twitter by tweeting the first and last name of the player, the player's official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player's first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote.

Players for the Pro Bowl are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 players who will be selected. NFL players and coaches will vote Dec. 14.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced Dec. 18 on NFL Network's Pro Bowl special "NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed" at 7 p.m. (CT).