A handful of players who are sit to make their season debuts for the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. But before we dive into them, let’s check out the list of inactives:
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DeAndre Houston-Carson, Kylie Fitts, Rashaad Coward, and Javon Wims are inactive for the second straight week, but only Houston-Carson (broken forearm) is recovering from an injury. Fitts and Wims are the only Bears rookies to land on the inactive list. Coward is the odd-man out on the offensive line.
What’s most interesting regarding this group of inactives is who isn’t on the list.
Tight end Daniel Brown is set to return to the lineup for the Bears after missing Week 1 with a shoulder injury. Brown was injured in the team’s preseason finale against the Buffalo Bills and was kept out of the regular season opener. After returning to practice last week, Brown slides into the rotation of tight ends who could help aid the Bears’ passing game, but also left the team to push Michael Burton onto the list of inactives. That means the Bears will be without a traditional fullback in Week 2.
Joining Burton as newcomers to the active roster are a pair of rookies who were inactive last week. Cornerback Kevin Toliver II is active, and he could be a fall-back option should Bryce Callahan’s knee injury flare up at some point tonight. Callahan, who played on 93 percent of the defense’s snaps in Week 1, was limited in practice until being a full participant on Saturday. The other rookie to make the active roster this week is fifth-round pick Bilal Nichols, who joins a defensive line that pushed back the Packers’ offensive line throughout a strong first-half before struggling to maintain the pressure after intermission.
With Khalil Mack expected to play a full load in Week 2, outside linebacker Isiah Irving finds himself on the inactive list for this week.
We’ll have more for you later when tonight’s Pre-Gamin’ posts closer to game time.