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Chalk Talk: How has Mack fared against Packers?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on

I know that Leonard Floyd has had some of the best games of his career against the Packers. But how has Khalil Mack done when facing Green Bay?
Peter G.
Helena, Montana

In three games against the Packers in two seasons with the Bears, Khalil Mack has recorded 3.5 sacks, 14 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception he returned for a touchdown. In last year's season opener in Green Bay, Mack became the first player in NFL history to record a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery, interception and touchdown in one half of play. He followed with 2.5 sacks in last year's Week 14 rematch at Soldier Field, helping the Bears register a 24-17 division-clinching victory over the Packers.

I know the Bears have had a lot of injuries this season, especially compared to last year. How many players have started every game so far this season?
Ryan K.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Nine players have started each of the first 13 games this season: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, James Daniels, Leonard Floyd, Kyle Fuller, Eddie Goldman, Eddie Jackson Charles Leno Jr., Khalil Mack and Cody Whitehair. Other key contributors who have played in all 13 games but not necessarily started all of them include Tarik Cohen, Nick Kwiatkoski, Anthony Miller, David Montgomery, Cordarrelle Patterson, Roy Robertson-Harris, Allen Robinson II, Buster Skrine, Nick Williams and Javon Wims. Last season 10 Bears started all 16 games: Floyd, Fuller, Goldman, Leno, Whitehair, Adrian Amos, Trey Burton, Akiem Hicks, Bobby Massie and Danny Trevathan.

Late in the first half against the Cowboys, the referee announced that the Bears were being assessed a "fourth timeout" when receiver Javon Wims was injured. But I don't recall a penalty or a 10-second runoff, so why even have that ruling?
Don A.

As you know, NFL teams get three timeouts in a half. When one of their players is injured in the final two minutes of a half or overtime, they are assessed a timeout. If they have timeouts remaining and the clock is running when the injury occurs, they can choose whether to use a timeout or have 10 seconds taken off the clock. Because the clock was stopped after an incomplete pass when Javon Wims was injured against Dallas, there was no 10-second runoff. But because the Bears were out of timeouts, they were assessed a "fourth timeout." And while there are no repercussions for that, a "fifth timeout" would have resulted in a five-yard penalty.

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