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Will Bears keep rotating captains?

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've heard some criticism of Bears coach Marc Trestman's idea to rotate captains this season. Do you think that's something that will continue for the rest of the year?

Brian G.
Hammond, Indiana

It will continue for now, but that could change later in the season. Coach Marc Trestman revealed Monday that he has considered naming season-long captains, saying: "I had moments where we did talk about it and I did think about it. But I felt that it's in the best interest of the team to move forward in this way. As I told them at some point later in the season when the time is right, there will be a time where we can possibly elect captains for the year. But I think it's still a fluid process with our team. We have so many new guys, a lot of young guys in a lot of different places. I felt collectively it's in the best interest of the team to continue to make it a fluid process week-in and week-out. We've got a lot of guys working to help this team get better."

In the first few weeks after Marquess Wilson broke his collarbone, there was talk about him returning to play the Packers following the bye week. Will that happen?

Matthew D.
Oak Lawn, Illinois

Receiver Marquess Wilson, who broke his collarbone in training camp, is not expected to play Sunday night in Green Bay. In fact, as of Monday, the second-year pro had not yet returned to practice. Once he does, the Bears will have three weeks to add him to the 53-man roster.

Who will get the most playing time now that Lamarr Houston is done for the season?

Paul C.
Taylors, South Carolina

With defensive lineman Lamarr Houston going on injured reserve with a torn ACL, everyone will move up a spot. That means that Willie Young will assume the starting role opposite Jared Allen and Trevor Scott likely will serve as the third end with Cornelius Washington and David Bass battling for the fourth spot and a role in the rotation. Houston moved inside in nickel situations and those reps likely will be shared by Stephen Paea, Jeremiah Ratliff, Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton.
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've heard some criticism of Bears coach Marc Trestman's idea to rotate captains this season. Do you think that's something that will continue for the rest of the year?

Brian G.
Hammond, Indiana

It will continue for now, but that could change later in the season. Coach Marc Trestman revealed Monday that he has considered naming season-long captains, saying: "I had moments where we did talk about it and I did think about it. But I felt that it's in the best interest of the team to move forward in this way. As I told them at some point later in the season when the time is right, there will be a time where we can possibly elect captains for the year. But I think it's still a fluid process with our team. We have so many new guys, a lot of young guys in a lot of different places. I felt collectively it's in the best interest of the team to continue to make it a fluid process week-in and week-out. We've got a lot of guys working to help this team get better."

In the first few weeks after Marquess Wilson broke his collarbone, there was talk about him returning to play the Packers following the bye week. Will that happen?

Matthew D.
Oak Lawn, Illinois

Receiver Marquess Wilson, who broke his collarbone in training camp, is not expected to play Sunday night in Green Bay. In fact, as of Monday, the second-year pro had not yet returned to practice. Once he does, the Bears will have three weeks to add him to the 53-man roster.

Who will get the most playing time now that Lamarr Houston is done for the season?

Paul C.
Taylors, South Carolina

With defensive lineman Lamarr Houston going on injured reserve with a torn ACL, everyone will move up a spot. That means that Willie Young will assume the starting role opposite Jared Allen and Trevor Scott likely will serve as the third end with Cornelius Washington and David Bass battling for the fourth spot and a role in the rotation. Houston moved inside in nickel situations and those reps likely will be shared by Stephen Paea, Jeremiah Ratliff, Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton.

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