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Bears rookie Jordan Howard added to Pro Bowl roster

CHICAGO -- Bears rookie running back Jordan Howard was named to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday, replacing Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson.

A 2016 fifth-round draft pick out of Indiana, Howard set a new franchise single-season rookie rushing record with 1,313 yards and six touchdowns. Howard ranked second in the NFL in rushing yards behind Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott. He also added 29 receptions for 298 yards and one touchdown.

"I'm going to be real honest when I say this: I didn't see the greatness in Jordan in OTAs and training camp," Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. "Part of it was because he was hurt. Part of it is because he's a much better player when the shoulder pads are on and it's live. Because he's a big back. He's hard to tackle.

"He's a much better player on Sunday than he is during the week just because his running style is different. Sometimes it's hard to see that. Where you can see other guys' quickness and stuff like that show up, you don't get to see the vision because it's not live. We really didn't start getting him rolling until that fourth week of the season."

Howard is one of five Bears' running backs selected to the Pro Bowl in their rookie year. Howard is the first Chicago running back named to the Pro Bowl since Matt Forte in 2013.

The 2017 Pro Bowl takes place on Sunday, Jan. 29 in Orlando, Florida.