Per usual during training camp, there are plenty of storylines and moving pieces to digest. This season especially has been littered with injuries for the Chicago Bears, making for quite an injury report. That said, the Bears are receiving some good news on Wednesday as they're getting healthier and preparing for Saturday.
For the Bears practices on Wednesday and Thursday, they will not be competing against themselves for the first time all camp. As reported roughly a month ago, the Bears and Dolphins are set to hold joint practices ahead of their preseason matchup this Saturday. The next two days will allow the Bears to beat up on someone other than their teammates.
In addition, Saturday is a highly anticipated day for Bears fans everywhere. According to Matt Nagy, Justin Fields will see "a lot" of playing time this Saturday. Nagy was quoted earlier in the week mentioning Fields' playing time and how the more he plays, the more they can evaluate him. Expect a heavy dose of the Bears' 2021 first-round pick in all three preseason games.
The Bears will be looking for a plethora of things from Justin Fields. However, any promise this early in his career will be a good sign and a massive momentum boost for the rookie.
O-Line Returning to Health
After being down as many as seven players on the offensive line, the Bears are finally starting to get healthy. After Elijah Wilkerson and others were activated off the COVID-19 list earlier this week, lineman Lachavious Simmons returned to practice on Wednesday.
The Bears desperately need their offensive line to be healthy this season. Amidst the talk regarding Teven Jenkins' back, the line is more depleted than ever. Any availability from warm bodies at this point is necessary for the team to perform. If the Bears' line can't stay healthy this year, it will make for a long 2021 season.
What's On Tap Next?
After two joint practices with the Dolphins, the Bears will host the AFC East opponent on Saturday at Soldier Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. CDT and the game will be broadcast on both NFL Network and FOX32 in Chicago.