The Bears will take on the Browns in the last pre-season game tonight, with a game that is more a proving ground for unknown players than a showcase for proven starters.
The stars won't be out: The last pre-season game rarely features the starters, and this game won't be any different. Anthony Adams, Kellen Davis and Lance Briggs are all sitting out for precautionary health reasons. Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Brian Urlacher and Julius Peppers are not expected to play, either.
Rookies chance to shine: Former Bear Matt Bowen tells the story of nearly vomiting during the pre-season as he played nearly every snap in the fourth exhibition game, but pointed out that playing through it helped him earn a paycheck. Rookies like Dane Sanzenbacher and Kyle Adams will have few other chances to play so much in front of the coaches, general managers and scouts who will decide their future.
Chester Taylor will play: Despite the awkward situation from earlier in the week, the Bears are expected to play Taylor. With Forte out and Marion Barber nursing an injured calf, expect to see Taylor and Kahlil Bell take plenty of snaps.
Bubble players opportunity: Rod Marinelli pointed out that these games will serve as players' resumes. Veterans who are on the bubble are not just playing for their job, but to show off their skills for other teams. If the Bears don't have a place for them, other teams may have a spot for players who make some impressive moves in the final game.
New sod on the field: Soldier Field GM Tim Lefevour said that there is new sod on the field, and the surface should be game-ready.