|TE Greg Olsen||Knee||Questionable|
|P Brad Maynard||Groin||Questionable|
|WR Muhsin Muhammad||Ankle||Probable|
|LB Brian Urlacher||Back||Probable|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Injury||Status|
|WR Eddie Kennison||Hamstring||Out|
|LB Keyaron Fox||Back||Questionable|
|S Jon McGraw||Hamstring||Probable|
For the Bears, Olsen was limited in his practice participation Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as he recovers from a knee sprain he suffered in the preseason finale against Cleveland. Maynard tweaked his groin this week and was limited Friday, although he was 100% Wednesday and Thursday and should be able to go. Both Muhammad and Urlacher practiced all week before being held out of action Friday.
As for the Chiefs, Kennison did not practice all week and will most likely be out for a few games. Both Fox and McGraw participated fully in practice Friday. McGraw had been limited Wednesday, while Fox was limited Thursday.
Bears on Offense
Offensive coordinator Ron Turner did not open the playbook very wide in Week 1 against San Diego, and Olsen's absence could have had a lot to do with that. Although he is only a rookie and still yet to take a real-life snap on Sunday, his versatility as a second tight end in the same personnel group with starter Desmond Clark gives Turner a lot of options. It's just not the same trying to throw John Gilmore into Olsen's role because he's not nearly the pass-catcher and does not have the ability to line up wide or in the backfield.
QB Rex Grossman and TE Greg Olsen (Nam Y. Huh/AP Images)
Since Olsen will most likely not be able to go, the Bears must revert back to the offense that was so successful in the early part of the season a year ago. QB Rex Grossman seems to be at his best when the tight end is heavily involved in the passing attack, so Clark needs to follow up his 3-catch, 38-yard effort against the Chargers with even bigger numbers. OG Ruben Brown was held out of practice Wednesday with a sore shoulder, but he's been removed from the injury report altogether and will be counted on to open holes for RB Cedric Benson on the ground.
Look for the Bears to feature more three-wide sets both in the running game and the passing game to make up for the loss of Olsen, and WR Devin Hester simply must be a bigger factor after only being on the field for one offensive snap last week.
Bears on Defense
Urlacher and Co. came up with a Herculean effort against the Chargers, who led the league in scoring offense last season, but could not make enough plays to bail out Grossman on the other side of the ball. The defense forced two turnovers and held league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson to 17 carries for 25 yards, but they had no answer for TE Antonio Gates (9 receptions, 107 yards, 1 touchdown) and ultimately could not keep Tomlinson out of the end zone. The season-ending losses of S Mike Brown and DT Dusty Dvoracek will hurt tremendously, but S Danieal Manning and DT Darwin Walker are capable replacements who would start on most teams across the NFL.
The Chiefs looked atrocious on offense in Week 1 against a Houston team not expected to do much in 2007, which means they will do whatever they can to get the ball to RB Larry Johnson much more often after only 17 touches versus the Texans. Manning is a rangier safety than Brown and thereore can cover more ground in the secondary, but he's nowhere near the run defender and will have his hands full with a punishing force like Johnson. The loss of Kennison gives rookie Dwayne Bowe the start at flanker, but that also means a perceived weak spot for Kansas City will be even weaker.
Expect the Bears to play eight men in the box more often than not and dare QB Damon Huard to beat them, especially since TE Tony Gonzalez is his only target in the passing game with a legitimate NFL resume.
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