As the Chicago Bears get set to take on the red-hot, undefeated New Orleans Saints on Sunday, the good news is that they should be primarily healthy. In order to have the best shot at beating Drew Brees and his high-powered offense, they will need all the help they can get.
On the official injury report according to the Chicago Tribune, there is only one player officially ruled out for Sunday’s game; that being safety Anthony Walters.
Three very important players that were limited in practice this week should be able to give it a go.
“It was just a precaution,” defensive tackle Stephen Paea said in reference to him missing practice time this week, according to the Tribune. Paea said he will play, which is great news for Chicago who has had trouble getting to the quarterback and only has six sacks on the season.
Cornerback Charles Tillman was limited this week because of his groin and knee, but said he will have had enough rest to take the field. As for Brandon Marshall, the team’s top offensive weapon, head coach Marc Trestman pretty much solidified his presence on Sunday.
“I would expect him to play,” Trestman said, again according to the Tribune.
Others that are listed probable and expected to play include Julius Peppers, Martellus Bennett and special-teamer Sherrick McManis. Linebacker D.J. Williams has been sick but is also listed as probable. If Williams were to not feel up to it, rookie Jon Bostic would get his first start of the year.