Jordan Howard Breaks Bears’ Rookie Rushing Record

By Chris Emma–

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (CBS) — A franchise that’s seen some legendary running backs has a new rookie rushing record.

Jordan Howard surpassed Matt Forte as the Bears’ leading rookie rusher, breaking the mark of 1,238 yards. Howard carried 23 times for 135 yards in Chicago’s 38-10 loss at Minnesota on Sunday, finishing the season with 1,313 rushing yards. Howard accomplished the feat in 13 starts.

Unfortunately for Howard, he wasn’t in the mood to talk about milestones after the Bears closed out a 3-13 campaign.

“There’s nothing to really celebrate,” Howard said. “We’re not winning. That’s the point of the game, to win the game.”

Howard, the fifth-round pick out of Indiana, broke the mark with a 17-yard rush in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Forte set his mark in 2008. He was a second-round pick out of Tulane.

Earlier this week, Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains admitted how Howard has surprised him.

“I’m gonna be real honest when I say this — I didn’t see the greatness in Jordan in OTAs and training camp,” Loggains said. “Part of it was because he was hurt. Part of it is because he’s a much better play when the shoulder pads are on and it’s live — because he’s a big back and he’s hard to tackle. …

“His running style is different. It’s sometimes 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.”

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

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