Time to see whether or not the Bears possess quality depth.
On Friday, the team held out starting strong safety Chris Harris (hamstring) and right guard Lance Louis (ankle) from practice, along with backup running back Marion Barber (calf), who is expected to be inactive for the second consecutive Sunday.
Here’s what Harris had to say about his hamstring:
“It’s feeling a lot better, it’s a day-to-day injury.” “Hamstrings they can be tricky, but it’s nothing major,” he added.
Brandon Meriweather and Chris Spencer are both likely to start in place of Harris and Louis at their respective positions.
Rookie third-round pick Chris Conte will also see some playing time at safety against the Saints on Sunday.
With Barber out, Kahlil Bell will remain the primary backup for Matt Forte at running back.
The official injury report lists Harris, Louis and Barber as doubtful.
Williams update: According to Bears head coach Lovie Smith, wide receiver Roy Williams (groin) “is getting a little bit better,” adding, “We’ll see how it goes.” He is listed as questionable. Johnny Knox will start in place of Williams if he doesn’t play.
Wootton’s status: Bears defensive end Corey Wootton (knee) is considered questionable, while linebacker Lance Briggs (knee), cornerback Zackary Bowman (hamstring), and wide receiver Sam Hurd (ankle) are both listed as probable.
To check out Friday’s Bears-Saints injury report click HERE.