The Bears did not field a single starter on either side of the ball against the Cleveland Browns in last year's preseason final, and the expectation is that Friday’s game against the Browns will again see none of the No. 1’s on offense or defense.
“I wouldn’t say all, but it’ll be close to all of the starters,” coach Marc Trestman said. “There’s always going to be things that happen later in the week because of injuries and things like that that we may have to play some guys. But our hope is most if not all will be held out of the game.”
This compares to two years ago when multiple starters took the field at the outset: most of the offensive line (Gabe Carimi, Lance Louis, J’Marcus Webb and Chris Williams), half the starting secondary (Tim Jennings, Major Wright) and half the defensive line (tackles Henry Melton, Matt Toeaina)
Starters light on game-day experience — rookie linemen Kyle Long and Jordan Mills; nickel back Isaiah Frey — may be given playing time vs. the Browns.
“I haven’t made a decision on [Long and Mills], whether we want to get them more work or not,” Trestman said. “But they did very well. I am not going to hide from the fact that they did very well last week and have continued to improve. I’m just not ready to go the distance on exactly what we are going to do as we move forward here.”
The team will hold a staggered practice on Wednesday with the starters going through a full practice but the players slated to play on Thursday vs. the Cleveland Browns going through a more standard walk-through the day before a game.