The Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs will launch from Soldier Field at 1
On Friday night, the team announced that most starters will not play against the Chiefs. The team began their preseason earlier than most other teams with the Hall of Fame game. For that reason fans should not expect to see many of the big names on both sides of the ball.
Prior to the match on Satuday, Mitch Trubisky, Allen Robinson, Josh Bellamy, Anthony Miller, Prince Amukamara, Kyle Fuller, Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Marcus Cooper, Bryce Callahan, Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson, Roquan Smith, announced Danny Trevathan, Cody Whitehair, Bobby Massie, Charles Leno, Kyle Long, Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen, Dion Sims, Eddie Goldman, Sam Acho, Leonard Floyd, Akiem Hicks and Aaron Lynch will not play.
One of the biggest names that will most likely not play against the Chiefs is Roquan Smith from the first round. The young linebacker was closely associated with a hamstring this week in practice. Head coach Matt Nagy made it more than likely that Smith will not play on Saturday afternoon as a precautionary measure. For this reason, it seems unlikely that he will star in the first week for the Bears in the linebacker infield next to Danny Trevathan. If he is not a starter, he should have plenty of time at the regular season opener in various sub-packages. It's still not known if he will play Buffalo in the preseason finals after he did not take preseason snapshots.
Coming next is linebacker Leonard Floyd. There is no doubt that Floyd will be on the sideline for this game this afternoon. He broke his hand against the Broncos and had to undergo surgery at the weekend. There is hope that he will be ready to play at the beginning of the season, even if that means he has to carry a clip or a bat in his hand. Tight End Adam Shaheen suffered a foot / foot injury in the same game and is unlikely to play against the Chiefs. Chicago has been silent about his injury and has not talked much about when he can get back into action. Security DeAndre Houston-Carson also suffered a broken arm against Denver and is unlikely to play against Kansas City.
Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch saw his first exercise in more than a month on Thursday in a limited manner. He signed a one-year deal with the team in this off-season, hoping to turn out to be an outside threat alongside Floyd. He has a thigh injury and is unlikely to play on Saturday.
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With the majority of starter players on the sidelines, there will be more opportunities for James Daniels to play as well as many players on the defensive side of the ball fighting for a roster.