Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard did not travel with the team to Arizona as it prepared to take on the Cardinals for its second preseason game Saturday due a corneal abrasion suffered during Friday's walk-through.
First-round pick Mitch Trubisky, meanwhile, looked mortal after appearing superhuman in the preseason opener. Mitchell Trubisky completed 18 of 25 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown while Mike Glennon added 20 yards in 2-for-8 passes.
With Howard sidelined, Jeremy Langford, Tarik Cohen, Benny Cunningham and Ka'Deem Carey figure to split the reps Saturday in Arizona. But Glennon eyeballed receiver Kendall Wright on an out-pattern and safety Tyrann Mathieu intercepted the pass and returned it 52 yards to the Chicago 43. Drew Stanton completed 11 of 15 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown while Blaine Gabbert threw for 53 yards in 5-for-9 passes.
Glennon then gained some redemption, throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Wright to cap a six-play, 44-yard drive and give the Bears a 10-7 lead with:36 left in the half. He ran 4 yards for a score.
The Bears then closed the half with a bang.
With one second remaining in the half, Arizona chose to have Phil Dawson attempt a 63-yard field goal. The Chicago Bears stumbled to a 3-13 losing record in the second year of the team general manager Ryan Pace rebuilding plan, but the Arizona Cardinals were a disappointing 7-8-1 streak, a season after winning the NFC West with a 13-3 winning record.
Howard is one of 11 players who didn't make the trip.