With the 2022 NFL regular season kicking off, chatter is heating up around the Chicago Bears. Here’s a look at some of the latest rumours surrounding the team’s opponents, new additions, and positional battles.
Travis Kelce Injury Could Impact Bears-Chiefs Game
According to SportsMockery, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce hyperextended his knee in practice this week. This puts his status for the Chiefs’ opener in doubt.
Kelce missing the September 11th game would significantly benefit the Bears, who play at Kansas City in Week 3 on September 25th. Typical recovery time for a hyperextended knee is 2-4 weeks. Kelce sitting out would remove Patrick Mahomes’ top weapon when the Bears visit.
Fans Want Frequent Targets for New WR DJ Moore
In an mailbag column, the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs addressed a question about fans wanting new wide receiver DJ Moore to receive 10+ targets in Week 1.
Biggs noted Moore hit that target threshold in 27 of 73 starts with Carolina. But Bears QB Justin Fields has only targeted a wideout 10+ times once in his career so far. Volume will depend on game situations and playcaller Luke Getsy’s strategy.
Offensive Line’s Middle Raises Concerns
Responding to a reader question, Biggs discussed concerns about the Bears’ interior offensive line in the Tribune mailbag. The centre and right guard are unsettled entering Week 1.
While left guard Cody Whitehair is reliable, centre Lucas Patrick’s durability is uncertain. How well Nate Davis performs at right guard also remains to be seen. Developing young tackles Braxton Jones and Darnell Wright is more critical in the long term.