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Who will be Bears' starting guards?

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

Who do you see starting at the two guard positions for the Bears this season?

Todd E.
Oak Lawn, Illinois

More will be known about coach Marc Trestman's plans for the offensive line in two weeks when the Bears conduct a voluntary minicamp. I would imagine that free-agent acquisition Matt Slauson would be at the top of the depth chart at one guard spot, while Gabe Carimi, James Brown and Edwin Williams would be in contention for the other position. Carimi and Brown are both natural tackles who played guard for the Bears last season. And of course the Bears could always draft a guard who ends up starting, so we'll have to wait and see over the next few months.

Devin Hester has been frustrated with his role with the Bears and talked about possibly retiring earlier in the offseason. Did he show up for the start of the offseason program?

Gabe K.
Geneva, Illinois

Yes, Devin Hester was on hand with his teammates Tuesday when the Bears kicked off their voluntary offseason program. I didn't get a chance to speak with him, but he was featured lifting weights in a photo that accompanied my story about the start of the offseason program.

Why was your picture replaced with a picture of comedian Rob Riggle in "Chalk Talk?" Is he going to do Chalk Talk now or was it just because of April Fools' Day?

Jon S.

It was just a gag for April Fools' Day. Several people have told me they think Rob Riggle and I look like twins separated at birth (Jay Cutler and Greg Olsen were actually the first to mention it), so we figured we'd switch the photos for one day. The funny thing is that a lot of people didn't even notice we did it because we do look so much alike. I would love for Rob to do a guest version of "Chalk Talk." I guarantee it would be a lot more amusing than usual! So if you have his number ...

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