Chalk Talk

Which back does Howard compare to?

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

I have really liked the way Jordan Howard has produced this year and I was wondering who you would compare him to in terms of another running back who has played for the Bears.

Nick K.
Winfield, Illinois

If I had to pick one running back who Jordan Howard reminds me of, it would probably be Anthony Thomas, a 2001 second-round draft pick from Michigan who had an excellent rookie season. Thomas rushed for 1,183 yards and seven touchdowns on 278 carries to help the Bears win the NFC Central title with a 13-3 record. Howard reminds me of Thomas mainly because of his build, the patience and vision he runs with and his ability to break tackles and gain yards after contact. Howard has rushed for 682 yards and two TDs on 131 carries so far this season.

Forgive me if I missed the update, but is cornerback Kyle Fuller out for the rest of the season? I was really looking forward to him being a playmaker this year.

Britten G.

Kyle Fuller is eligible to be moved from injured reserve to the active roster this week, but that decision has not yet been made. If it’s determined that he’s healthy enough to play, Fuller could be the one player the Bears are allowed to reinstate from the injury report. I expect that decision to possibly be made later this week, so stay tuned.

With all the injuries this season, how many Bears players have started at the same position in each of the first 10 games?

Bob
Dixon, Illinois

Six players have started each of the first 10 games for the Bears. They are left tackle Charles Leno Jr., center Cody Whitehair, defensive end Akiem Hicks, linebacker Jerrell Freeman, cornerback Tracy Porter and safety Adrian Amos.  Freeman’s streak will end Sunday when he begins his four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. Three additional players had started each of the first nine games before their streaks ended Sunday against the Giants: Receiver Alshon Jeffery began his four-game PED suspension, right tackle Bobby Massie missed the game with a concussion and safety Harold Jones-Quartey was supplanted by rookie fourth-round pick Deon Bush.

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