Greene, Fiammetta amongst Bears inactives

Bears fullback Tony Fiammetta and linebacker Khaseem Greene are inactive for today’s contest. Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore also will not play. View the official game-day inactive lists below.

The following are the seven Chicago Bears players that will not dress for today’s regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills:

QB David Fales
CB Kelvin Hayden
FB Tony Fiammetta
LB Khaseem Greene
T Charles Leno
DE David Bass
DE Cornelius Washington

CB Chris Conte will start alongside Ryan Mundy at safety. The Bears said all week they will rotate the safeties, so Danny McCray may also see the field today.

With Hayden out, CB Sherrick McManis has officially laid claim to the club's No. 4 corner role. Second-year cornerback Demontre Hurst, who spent last season on Chicago's practice squad, is active for the first time in his NFL career. He'll contribute on special teams.

Fiammetta is dealing with a hamstring injury and was questionable on the official injury report. The Bears will likely turn to TE Matthew Mulligan to handle the lead-blocking duties.

Greene being inactive is surprising, as he’s a core special-teams player. Rookie LB Christian Jones is active. There’s been no word of an injury for Greene and he was not listed on any of the three injury reports this week. Either he suffered an injury yesterday or the coaching staff feels Jones can help them more on special teams.

Here are the Bills inactive players:

RB Bryce Brown
CB Stephon Gilmore
T Cyrus Kouandjio
S Jonathan Meeks
DE Jacquies Smith
TE Lee Smith
G Cyril Richardson

Gilmore is a big loss for the Bills, as he’s a big, physical corner that would have given Bears receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery trouble at the line of scrimmage. Former Bears cornerback Corey Graham will replace Gilmore.


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