|OT Chris Williams||Back||OUT|
|DE Mark Anderson||Thumb||Probable|
|TE Desmond Clark||Knee||Probable|
|DT Dusty Dvoracek||Calf||Probable|
|DT Tommie Harris||Knee||Probable|
|G Terrence Metcalf||Knee||Probable|
|G Mike Pollak||Knee||OUT|
|C Jeff Saturday||Knee||OUT|
|WR Pierre Garcon||Shoulder||Questionable|
|WR Roy Hall||Knee||Questionable|
|DE Curtis Jackson||Shoulder||Questionable|
|QB Peyton Manning||Knee||Probable|
Bears Offense vs. Colts Defense
Tight end Desmond Clark suffered a knee sprain during the preseason but has returned to practice. The Bears are deep at tight end, where Greg Olsen looks to improve on a promising rookie campaign. Behind him is rookie Kellen Davis, who opened eyes everywhere during training camp with his impressive combination of size and speed. The Bears were planning to utilize the tight ends heavily in the offense, and that shouldn't change regardless of Clark's health for this game. They'll also play a role in helping new left tackle John St. Clair, who is being trusted with protecting Kyle Orton's blind side.
The Colts have a few bumps and bruises on defense. At linebacker, Tyjuan Hagler was recently placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Clint Session is expected to step in on the strong side. Rookie middle linebacker Philip Wheeler has been recovering from a knee issue. Elsewhere, defensive end Dwight Freeney (foot) and safety Bob Sanders (shoulder) have missed extensive parts of the preseason. Anything that can slow down Freeney is good news to St. Clair.
Look for the Bears to pound the Colts defense with the run and to set up play action to their tight ends. The Colts will load the box to stop the run and blitz extensively to test the Bears line, challenging Orton to find targets downfield with accuracy.
Colts Offense vs. Bears Defense
Mike Brown is back in the starting lineup, and Brian Urlacher returns after neck surgery in the offseason. Defensive tackle Tommie Harris, who missed the last few weeks of practice to nurse a sore knee, returned to practice Wednesday. If he's ready to go, he'll be a key to attacking the inexperienced interior line of the Colts. The Bears are excited about the return of defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek, who was injured in the first game last season. Pass-rushing defensive end Mark Anderson isn't expected to miss any time with a thumb injury. If it's heavily wrapped, it may have an impact on his effectiveness.
The Bears will want to test how well Manning's knee is healed, too. Regardless, expect the Bears to try to make things difficult for Richard with their rotation of fresh interior linemen and Urlacher on blitzes.
Michael Nudo writes his Injury Report Analysis feature every Friday exclusively for BearReport.com.