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Texans offer tough test for Bears, Forte

LAKE FOREST – Quick, name the only team to not allow a rushing touchdown this season.

Here’s a hint: They’re playing the Bears on Sunday night.

The Houston Texans will present one of the toughest tests of the season for Bears running back Matt Forte. The Texans have not allowed a rushing touchdown in an 11-game span, which dates to Week 15 of the 2011 regular season against the Carolina Panthers.

“They’re good,” Forte said Thursday after practice at Halas Hall. “They have a good scheme and they have good players. There’s no lack of talent at any position. That’s what makes it tough.”

Forte has rushed for three touchdowns this season, as has teammate Michael Bush. Armando Allen also has rushed for a touchdown as part of the NFL’s 11th-ranked rushing offense.

Settling in: Kelvin Hayden could continue to take playing time from D.J. Moore at nickelback.

Hayden played 21 snaps in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans while Moore played 12 snaps. The trend could continue Sunday against the Texans, who feature several big, physical receivers that Hayden (6-0, 195 pounds) could match up better against then Moore (5-9, 180 pounds).

Hayden said he has worked hard in practice to adjust to his role as a third defensive back.

“I’m getting a little bit more comfortable at nickel,” Hayden said. “The more I’m in there, the more comfortable I am. I just want to continue to keep getting better week in and week out.”

Stay calm: Bears linebacker Lance Briggs smiled Thursday when he was asked whether he expected fans to overreact regardless of how the team performed against the Texans.

“This is Chicago,” Briggs said. “Fans are always going to overreact either way.

“They’re either going to be overly joyed that we’re dominating or going to be upset that it’s slow moving. But I think in the end, more people are going to be happy in Chicago if we get that ‘W.’ ”

Bears bits: Cornerback Charles Tillman wrote on his Twitter page that he expected to play Sunday. "Baby is coming Monday don't worry I'll be there Sunday," he wrote. ... Linebacker Brian Urlacher (coach’s decision) missed practice as part of his weekly regimen to rest his knees. … Defensive tackle Matt Toeaina (calf) and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hand) also missed practice. … Defensive end Israel Idonije (ankle) and defensive tackle Henry Melton (back) returned to full participation in practice after sitting out some drills a day earlier.


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