The Bears were pretty hurt last week with injuries. They were without both starting safeties, a dependable wide receiver and their starting right tackle.
Good news for this upcoming Sunday is that Major Wright and Chris Harris will be back at safety after fully participated in practice. RB Marion Barber will likely make his Bears debut on Sunday after practicing as well today.
Barber has been dealing with a calf injury that he suffered halfway through the preseason. Harris (hamstring) and Wright (head/neck) were missed sorely last week against Green Bay.
Unfortunately TE Matt Spaeth (calf), Gabe Carimi (knee) and WR Earl Bennett (chest) didn’t practice today. OL Lance Louis was active last Sunday, but it remains to be seen if he moves back into the starting lineup at right guard for this Sunday.
Having Harris, Wright and Barber back will help greatly on Sunday against Carolina. The secondary was beaten too much by Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. With Greg Olsen as the Panthers tight end, the secondary will need to contain him on deep throws.
Barber will help tremendously in the running game and he could take pressure off of Forte with both of them on the field at the same time.
The Bears will look better on both sides of the ball because of these players returning to the field. WR Earl Bennett is clearly needed back though, the Bears miss him because he is the most dependable receiver for Jay Cutler.
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