Bears starting free safety Chris Conte is "Probable" to face the Colts.
The Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts released their official injury reports for the season opener on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Here they are:
Questionable: RB Lorenzo Booker (Head)
Probable: WR Earl Bennett (Hand), S Chris Conte (Shoulder), P Adam Podlesh (Hip), LB Brian Urlacher (Knee)
OUT: ILB Pat Angerer (Foot), G Joe Reitz (Knee)
Questionable: RB Delonte Carter (Chest), WR Austin Collie (Head), T.Y. Hilton (Shoulder)
Probable: RB Mewelde Moore (Chest), CB Jerraud Powers (Knee), Cory Redding (Knee)
Extremely good news on the injury front for the Bears, with Brian Urlacher, Chris Conte, and Adam Podlesh all listed as "probable".
Urlacher practiced fully on Friday after the Bears held him out for precautionary reasons on Thursday (they're limiting his reps, and that may continue all season). The star middle linebacker said earlier in the week that it's a "done deal" that he'll be out there on Sunday, and it sure seems like that will be the case. Now, how he's moving around on the left knee in the game is anybody's guess, and in the same interview that he made the "done deal" comment, he also said that the knee, “just isn’t the same anymore. It’s never going to be the same.” A sad statement for a Bears fan to hear, but something we should've already known, given the damage done to the knee, the procedures performed on the knee, and then of course factoring in that #54 is 34 years old.
After dislocating his right shoulder in the preseason game vs. the Redskins, Conte's status has been very much in question, and I expected to see him listed as "questionable" on this injury report. But, he was able to go the entire practice on Friday, after practicing in limited fashion earlier in the week. It sounds like he may wear a harness to protect the shoulder, and seems like a good bet to start at free safety on Sunday.
Like Conte, Podlesh left the preseason game vs. the Redskins with an injury that put his week one status in doubt. Podlesh suffered a left hip flexor injury in the game, and (once again) like Conte, was limited in practice all week before having full participation on Friday.
Bears head coach Lovie Smith was asked if he think Podlesh will be good to go on Sunday:
“Do I think that (Podlesh will play)?” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “I try not to guess too much on that. I know he got good work in today and we have a couple days before game time. He practiced today.”
Source: Chicago Tribune
If Podlesh is unable to go, rookie punter Ryan Quigley (who impressed in training camp and the preseason games) would play.
Third-string running back Lorenzo Booker is listed as "questionable" due to a concussion suffered in the final preseason game, but he's unlikely to be active on Sunday.
As for the Colts, wide receiver Austin Collie looks to be a game-time decision after suffering three (!) concussions over the last two years. Colts beat writer Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star doesn't expect to see Collie suit up:
Neurosurgeon Hank Feuer said he was confident Collie did not suffer another concussion against the Patriots, but in retrospect Collie wondered if perhaps he rushed himself back onto the field.
That’s why I don’t expect to see Collie Sunday, unless it’s in blue jeans and a polo shirt on the Colts sideline.
Rookie wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (who saw a lot of playing time in the preseason with the first-team) is also "questionable", so that's two wide receivers that the Colts could be without in quarterback Andrew Luck's NFL debut.
Left guard Joe Reitz is out for the Colts, and Seth Olsen will replace him.