By Mike Davis, CSN Chicago contributor
PHILADELPHIA — Before their own lives transform, a select group NFL Draft prospects spent time changing the lives of others on Wednesday.
At Philadelphia's Shriners Hospital for Children, prospects Jamal Adams, Leonard Fournette, Solomon Thomas, Mitchell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson took part in the NFL’s Play 60 program, which encourages kids of all types to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.
For 90 years, Shriners Hospitals — with 22 worldwide locations — have specialized in pediatric care, treating orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries as well as cleft lip and palate.
During Wednesday's event, kids took on players in everything from air hockey to foosball.
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On this episode of SportsTalk Live, David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Danny Parkins (670 The Score) and Adam Jahns (Chicago Sun-Times) join David Kaplan on the panel.
Mike Glennon is awful in the Bears' blowout loss in Tampa but he will start against the Steelers. Should it be Trubisky time at Halas Hall?
The panel also dissects the Cubs’ weekend sweep of the Cardinals and Scott Paddock discusses another win for Martin Truex, Jr. at Chicagoland Speedway.
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Jordan Howard was limited in practice last week with a shoulder injury and only gained seven yards on nine carries Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, representing the least productive game of his NFL career.
Howard said he didn’t speak to the media after the Bears’ first two games because he was getting treatment and X-Rays, but doesn’t believe being banged up has held him back.
“My shoulder, I’m good,” Howard said. “I’m good.”
Added Howard about the entire offense: “I don’t have any doubts about us putting it all together.”
The Bears’ offense needs Howard to be more productive than he’s been (21 carries, 59 yards), though tight end Zach Miller pointed out it was a collective team effort that led to Howard’s paltry numbers in Tampa.
“I just don’t think really any of us really played well. We didn’t give him much of an opportunity to put up numbers that you guys are used to seeing him do that. And that was across the league. There were a couple of other teams who had Pro Bowl players who had the same amount of carries and yards (Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott only gained eight yards on nine carries against Denver). So it’s not just us. But we’re all we care about. We’ve got to be better up front. That’s collectively so that we can start to get this thing rolling.”