Bears expect starters to play fewer snaps this week

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The Bears plan to play their starters again in Thursday’s game against the Seahawks, but it looks like it will be something closer to a cameo appearance.

Quarterback Justin Fields and most members of the first-team offense played the first 18 snaps of the game while starting defenders were on the field well into the second quarter of the opener against the Chiefs. On Tuesday, Bears head coach Matt Eberflus cited the short turnaround from playing on Saturday while explaining that he’s planning shorter stints on both sides of the bal.

“It’s [on an] individual basis,” Eberflus said, via Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times. “And it’s a little bit shorter this time, because it’s a short week, so we’re not going to put stress on their bodies.”

At least one player is set to see more playing time this week. Second-round cornerback Kyler Gordon didn’t play at all in the opener and the plan is for the rookie to get his first taste of NFL game action.

5 responses to “Bears expect starters to play fewer snaps this week

  1. I guess they figure they’re probably in mid season form by getting shutout in the first half by the Chiefs.

  2. I like that Eberflus treats preseason as an opportunity to test and gauge his players vs. Club Med like the previous regime.

  3. With only 3 preseason games now doesn’t that make game 2 (this one) what game 3 used to be as far as giving the starters more run? Judging by how they looked against the Chiefs’ 1’s I’d say they need all the work they can get.

  4. Weren’t half of who is supposed to be the starters out last week too? A few Oline men, definitely Monty and TE’s. Receivers too. So really the reports that The Bears were going to play starters in the preseason we’re mistaken.

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