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Will Bears move Kyle Fuller to safety?


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

Do you think the Bears will move Kyle Fuller from cornerback to safety? To me, it seems that his size and willingness to support the run make him a better fit there.

Mark L.
Antioch, Illinois

Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was asked about that possibility Wednesday, and while he didn't totally dismiss the idea sometime down the road, he indicated that it wasn't going to happen anytime soon. Here's exactly what Fangio said: "I haven't seen that [Fuller is a better fit at safety] yet, but maybe in the future that could be a topic for discussion, not now." Fangio also said that he doesn't anticipate Fuller moving to the nickel position either, saying "I don't see him there."

I keep seeing more and more Tracy Porter and less Alan Ball. Did Porter supplant Ball on the depth chart?

Jake R.
Coopersville, Michigan

Yes, Tracy Porter has officially supplanted Alan Ball on the depth chart as a starting cornerback opposite Kyle Fuller. The Bears have been impressed with how Porter has played since recovering from a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the first two games of the season. He has recorded nine tackles and four pass breakups the past three games. Ball has been used in the "dime" defense as a sixth defensive back. In the Bears' last game Oct. 18 against the Lions, Porter played all 81 defensive snaps while Ball was on the field for only seven.

Have the Bears returned a kickoff for a touchdown since Devin Hester left the team? I can't remember seeing one.

Paul P.
Long Grove, Illinois

Yes, Chris Williams returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown last Nov. 9 in Green Bay. You may not remember it because the Bears were trailing 55-7 before Williams' got into the end zone. Here's hoping for a much better result (and maybe another kickoff return TD) when the Bears return to Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving night.

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