There's a lot of talk in the fanbase both here at WCG and elsewhere on the interwebs circulating the idea that it would be wise to sit Jordan Howard for Chicago last game of the season, Sunday in Minnesota against the Vikings.
Howard enters the final game with a very realistic chance of breaking Chicago's all-time rookie record for rushing yards, needing only 61 more yards to tie Matt Forte's rookie mark of 1,238.
To his credit, Howard has brushed off the talk of records and milestone yardages, concentrating on winning. When Howard surpassed the 1,000 mark for the season he told reporters “I wasn’t really paying attention to that,” Howard said. “I was just coming into the game to try and get a win. …. At the end of the day, I would trade it all for wins.”
Howard enters the Vikings game healthy, yet fans are worried that 2016's injury bug will reach out and grab Chicago's new offensive centerpiece and give the talented back out of Indiana a major setback.
Discussions also swirl around Leonard Floyd, who entered the Concussion Protocol for the second time this week. Floyd (as of this writing) has not been cleared to resume football activities, and there is no guarantee that he will be out of the protocol by Sunday. If he is, the team might well shut him down for the last game as a safety measure.
What are your thoughts, do you think the Bears should shut down Howard for the Vikings game, making him a healthy scratch, to protect him for next season? Do you think they give him the ball enough to knock out the rookie record then shut him down? Do you think the Bears should give him 15+ carries or more this Sunday?
Me? I play him like normal, and get him the record and as many more yards as possible after that.