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Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard's lower-leg injury not considered serious

Amidst conflicting internal reports from the Chicago Bears, it appears rookie RB Jordan Howard does not have a serious injury and should be ready to play this week against the Giants.

Chicago Bears head coach John Fox said rookie RB Jordan Howard practiced in full today. Howard was not listed on Wednesday's injury report. 

This is obviously good news for the Bears but the extent of Howard's injury, or if he even has an injury, is unclear.  

Following Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers, Fox said Howard had either an ankle or an Achilles injury. 

"We're not sure the exact injury yet," Fox said in Tampa Bay. 

When asked about his injury in the post-game locker room, Howard denied it.

"Nah, I ain't suffered nothing," saying he just felt "tightness."

Yet it goes further than that.

On conference call with the New York media this afternoon, Fox said Howard was limited in practice and was dealing with "soreness."

Got it?

The Bears under Fox have been consistently misleading with their injury information but, bottom line, it looks like Howard's injury is nothing too serious.

"I just, as I see a guy gimping off and I get a report from our trainer, I tell you guys after games," Fox said today. "Just happy it is not serious."

Kyle Long was placed on IR this week after injuring his ankle on Sunday. Fox said surgery is a possibility but when asked if the ankle is fractured, he said, "I haven’t gotten all the exacts other than it was serious enough to put him on IR."

The following Bears did not practice on Wednesday: 

OL Mike Adams (illness)
OL Bobby Massie (concussion)
DL Eddie Goldman (ankle)
DL Mitch Unrein (back)
CB Deiondre' Hall (ankle)

These Bears were limited: 

WR Eddie Royal (toe)
WR Marquess Wilson (foot)
OL Josh Sitton (ankle)
OLB Pernell McPhee (knee)
OLB Willie Young (ankle)
CB Bryce Callahan (hamstring)
CB Tracy Porter (knee)


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