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Report | Jordan Howard expected to play

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Chicago Bears Running Back Jordan Howard (24) runs with the ball in the 3rd quarter during an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears on December 18, 2016, at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. Green Bay won 30-27. (Photo by Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire)
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The Chicago Bears almost upset the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. In Week 2, the NFC North franchise will be welcoming back the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the team was unable to play its regular season-opener due to the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

While the Bears are already off to a 0-1 start despite an impressive Week 1 performance, Chicago is now expected to have starting running back Jordan Howard on the field in Tampa Bay. According to a Sunday morning report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Howard, who has been nursing a lingering shoulder injury throughout the week, is more than likely slated to take the field in Week 2 against the Buccaneers.

The up-and-coming rusher has been listed as questionable on the Bears’ injury report.

“Bears expect to have RB Jordan Howard (shoulder, questionable) in the lineup, source said. WR Markus Wheaton (finger) a much longer shot,” writes Rapoport.

Carrying the football just 13 times in Week 1, the second-year running back registered 52 yards and one touchdown via the ground game. Howard also caught three passes on five targets en route to another 14 yards.

As a rookie last season, the 22-year-old appeared in 15 regular-season games for the Bears while notably rushing for 1,313 yards and six touchdowns on 252 carries. He was originally selected by the Bears in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Indiana.

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