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Benny Cunningham | Running Back | #30

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 218
College: Middle Tennessee State
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Bears re-signed RB Benny Cunningham.
Cunningham's visit to the Saints was enough to spur the Bears into action, retaining their core special teamer. Cunningham, 28 in July, will compete for Chicago's No. 3 running back job behind Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Apr 2 - 5:14 PM

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Free agent RB Benny Cunningham visited the Saints on Monday.

Cunningham is a special teams player and situational third-down back. Jeff Fisher's Rams used to play Cunningham ahead of Todd Gurley on passing downs.
Apr 2 - 5:01 PM

Benny Cunningham caught a six-yard pass in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

For whatever reason, Cunningham caught 20 passes this season, taking third down reps away from electric rookie Tarik Cohen. An impending free agent, Cunningham turns 28 in July.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:18:00 PM

Benny Cunningham played 28-of-60 snaps (47 percent) Week 10 against the Packers.

Tarik Cohen was limited to just 13 snaps despite the Bears playing from behind the entire second half. Cunningham looks like the passing-down back of choice right now in Chicago, and while that may not result in much fantasy value for him, it makes Cohen droppable in standard leagues.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Benny Cunningham (hamstring) is inactive for Week 7 against the Panthers.

Cunningham has eaten into Tarik Cohen's snaps when active this season, so this is an upgrade to Cohen's fantasy outlook. Chicago also declared Markus Wheaton (groin), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring), LB John Timu (ankle, knee), C Hroniss Grasu (hand), DL John Jenkins, and QB Mark Sanchez inactive for Week 7.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 11:34:00 AM

Benny Cunningham (hamstring) is questionable for Week 7 against the Panthers.

Cunningham will probably suit up after putting in a limited week of practice, but his status is at least worth monitoring since his absence would mean more snaps for Tarik Cohen. The 27-year-old has gone for 96 yards and a touchdown on only 11 touches this season.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 02:14:00 PM

Bears RB Benny Cunningham (high-ankle sprain) has resumed practicing, and was "full" on Thursday.

Howard went down just 11 days ago, so the "full" return is surprising. Perhaps he's being rushed with Jordan Howard (shoulder) at less than 100 percent. Howard seems like he will suit up against the Steelers, but Cunningham would be nice insurance.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 02:41:00 PM

Bears RB Benny Cunningham has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain.

Even with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen locked in atop the depth chart, it's a not insignificant injury for the Bears, who are going to have to rely on their backfield with a depleted receiver corps. Cunningham could miss anywhere from 4-6 weeks.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 02:46:00 PM

Bears RB Benny Cunnigham was carted off the field with an ankle injury in Week 1.

He went down early in the second quarter after receiving zero touches in the early going. Cunningham's loss would mean more playing time for Tarik Cohen.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 01:52:00 PM

Bears signed RB Benny Cunningham, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year contract.

It's a solid, under-the-radar signing for the Bears. Cunningham is a dependable pass-catching and pass-protecting runner out of the backfield who didn't get many opportunities behind Todd Gurley in L.A. Cunningham can also return kickoffs; he has a 27.1 average on 95 career returns. His addition could spell trouble for Jeremy Langford and/or Ka'Deem Carey behind Jordan Howard.
Tue, Mar 21, 2017 09:04:00 PM

Free agent RB Benny Cunningham will visit the Bears on Tuesday.

Cunningham met with the Jets earlier this month, but he did not land a deal. The Bears appear set in the backfield with Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford, and Ka'Deem Carey, but Cunningham can contribute as a kick returner.
Tue, Mar 21, 2017 10:12:00 AM

Free agent RB Benny Cunningham will visit the Jets.

The Jets want backfield depth after releasing Khiry Robinson. Cunningham didn't see a ton of work in Los Angeles behind Todd Gurley, but he's shown that he can be a factor when called upon, particularly in the passing game. In New York, he'd be the No. 3 back behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 05:14:00 PM

Rams placed RB Benny Cunningham on injured reserve with a neck injury, ending his season.

Cunningham went down in Week 13. Todd Gurley's change of pace finishes the year with a modest 37 touches, just 21 of which were carries. Cunningham is a poor runner and average pass catcher. With Cunningham in the final year of his contract, the Rams could look for an upgrade this offseason.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 03:10:00 PM

Benny Cunningham (neck) is doubtful for Week 15 against the Seahawks.

Cunningham hasn't practiced or played since hurting his neck in Week 13. Malcolm Brown fared poorly in a change-of-pace role last week with 14 rushing yards and a lost fumble on only four carries. Todd Gurley should see another big workload against Seattle.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 04:50:00 PM

Benny Cunningham (neck) is doubtful for Week 14 against the Falcons.

He didn't practice all week and isn't going to play on Sunday. It's a slight upgrade for Todd Gurley, though Cunningham hasn't exactly been a drain on his workload. Cunningham has averaged just 3.36 touches across 11 games this season. Consider Cunningham week to week.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 04:35:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Mitchell Trubisky
2Chase Daniel
RB1Jordan Howard
2Tarik Cohen
3Benny Cunningham
4Taquan Mizzell
GLB1Jordan Howard
2Tarik Cohen
3RB1Tarik Cohen
2Benny Cunningham
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Allen Robinson
2Josh Bellamy
3Tanner Gentry
4Javon Wims
5Marlon Brown
WR21Taylor Gabriel
2Anthony Miller
3Kevin White
4Bennie Fowler
5DeMarcus Ayers
WR31Josh Bellamy
TE1Trey Burton
2Dion Sims
3Adam Shaheen
4Daniel Brown
5Ben Braunecker
LT1Charles Leno
2Bradley Sowell
3Matt McCants
LG1James Daniels
2Jordan Morgan
3Earl Watford
C1Cody Whitehair
2Hroniss Grasu
RG1Kyle Long
2Eric Kush
3Will Pericak
RT1Bobby Massie
2Brandon Greene
K1Cody Parkey