By: Alex Patt
After the announcement this past week of the final 53-man roster, the Chicago Bears are entering week one against the Packers mostly healthy. Not many surprises in terms of who made the roster, outside a few guys such as Alex Bars and James Vaughters not making the squad. In terms of injuries there are only a few notables who are questionable for opening night.
Biggest name is TE Trey Burton, who has another minor groin strain is questionable and will not be confirmed if playing or not until close to game time. Burton missed the playoff game last year and had surgery for a hernia this past offseason. Hard to know the exact chances, but there still seems to be a solid chance he could play. He was limited in practice last week.
The other two names Bilal Nichols and Rashaad Coward. Nichols was limited in practice because of a previous knee issue, but it would seem like he is more likely to play than not.
Everyone else is healthy and ready to go. Most of the starters did not see a single snap this preseason so this will be the first in-game action we will see the number-one guys be in since the playoff loss last season. While it overall worked last year, it will be interesting to see how the offense looks without having played in any preseason games. Probably not too much to worry about Khalil Mack, considering he did not have a preseason last year and still dominated.
Also, it will be the NFL regular season debut of kicker Eddy Pineiro. Be prepared for people holding their collective breath at Soldier Field every time he lines up for a kick.