The Chicago Bears started the same offensive line in all 16 contests last season, but just one week into this season, they've already lost two members, as Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson will both miss the Bears' game Sunday against the San Francisco 49'ers.
The Bears didn't seem optimistic about either player being on the field for this one, having signed Eben Britton to a contract earlier in the week. He'll likely be active on Sunday, and one would expect that rookie Charles Leno Jr. will be active for the first time in his career. Brian de la Puente will start for the Bears at center in the game, with Michael Ola slotting in at left guard to replace Slauson.
Two other Bears players will also miss the game on Sunday, as quarterback David Fales and fullback Tony Fiametta will both sit out for the second straight week. Wide receiver Josh Morgan was also listed as doubtful after being a limited participant in practice Wednesday and missing the last two days of workouts.
The only question remaining now is whether or not wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery will play Sunday. Marshall sat out practice once again on Friday as he nurses a sore ankle, but he's been insistent all week that he will play against the 49'ers. As for Jeffery, he did practice on Friday for the first time since sustaining a hamstring injury against the Buffalo Bills, and while he's unsure of his status (he's officially listed as questionable), he said he felt good during workouts at Halas Hall.