Jordan Howard Named to NFC's Pro Bowl 2017 Roster

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 09: Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears runs the ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard has been selected to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

The Bears' official Twitter account celebrated the accomplishment while sharing the 22-year-old's statistics:

Howard will replace David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals, who suffered a knee injury in Week 17.

Howard was a fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft and started the season third on Chicago's depth chart behind Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey. However, injuries thrust him into the spotlight, and he never looked back.

He first broke out against the Detroit Lions in Week 4, when he totaled 111 rushing yards on 23 carries in his first of seven 100-yard games.

Over the final nine games of the season, Howard averaged 106.8 rushing yards per contest while never finishing with fewer than 77 yards on the ground. His production put him in good company, per Larry Mayer of the team's official website:

The rookie finished the year with 1,611 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns to become the Bears' only Pro Bowler in a lost season for the team.