Bears' Smith, Floyd Not On Injury Report

September 07, 2018 - 1:53 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bears are a mostly healthy bunch ahead of their season opener against the Packers on Sunday, with only two players listed on the injury report.

Tight end Daniel Brown (shoulder) is doubtful for the opener, while safety DeAndre Houston-Carson (forearm/back) has been ruled out. Meanwhile, linebackers Leonard Floyd (hand) and Roquan Smith (hamstring) weren't on the injury report all week and are both able to play at their coaches' desires.

What role Smith plays for the Bears on Sunday remains to be seen after he missed most of training camp with a contract impasse and then hastring tightness. Nick Kwiatkoski is likely to start at inside linebacker alongside Danny Trevathan, though Smith should see playing time throughout the course of the game. Floyd will be playing with his fractured right hand in a protective club, which figures to limit his abilities as a pass rusher.

While Floyd expressed confidence in his abilities wearing the club, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was honest about the situation.

"It’s difficult," Fangio said. "When you have no use of your hand, one of your hands, football is hard enough to play and to protect yourself. It creates a problem."

Bears guard Kyle Long didn't practice Friday in what the team called a veteran day off.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.