The Bears didn't have a whole lot of surprises on their injury report this week beyond what we already knew. Earl Bennett will sit out with his chest injury, as will Gabe Carimi with his knee. Marion Barber, as reported yesterday, will make his season debut as a Bear against the Panthers, and will hopefully lend some power running to the offense. A reinsertion of Lance Louis into the lineup should also help, as he brings more push to the running game.
The Safety Shuffle will happen again, as Chris Harris' hamstring flared up on Thursday and he is leaning towards not playing on Sunday. Major Wright had a full week of practice, though, and will likely make his return to the starting lineup across from Brandon Meriweather.
Out: WR Earl Bennett (chest); OT Gabe Carimi (knee)
Questionable: TE Matt Spaeth (calf - did not participate); S Chris Harris (hamstring - did not participate)
Probable: RB Marion Barber (calf - full participation); S Major Wright (head/neck - full participation); RB Kahlil Bell (back - DNP Thursday, full participation Friday)
Will Play: LS Patrick Mannelly (removed from injury report on Friday; rumors of threatening longsnaps currently unfounded)
Doubtful: CB Chris Gamble (head - did not participate)
Questionable: OT Jeff Otah (back - limited participation)