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Barber, Hurd, Wootton, Paea inactive vs. Falcons

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Defensive end Corey Wootton, rookie defensive tackle Stephen Paea, running back Marion Barber and wide receiver Sam Hurd were among the seven Bears players on the inactive list for the season opener against the Falcons today at Soldier Field.

Quarterback Nathan Enderle, guard Edwin Williams and rookie defensive end Mario Addison also will not play today.

With both Wootton and Addison inactive, Nick Reed figures to get significant snaps as the No. 3 defensive end behind Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije.

The absence of Hurd puts even more pressure on special teams. Hurd was a special teams captain with the Cowboys last season.

Paea is the first Bears' second-round pick to be inactive as a rookie since defensive end Pat Riley in 1995.

With Enderle inactive, the Bears will not have a third quarterback available today. There is no longer an ''emergency quarterback'' roster spot on game day. The Bears haven't needed an emergency quarterback since Caleb Hanie relieved Todd Collins against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game in 2011.

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How about Henry Melton and his first start at the 3 tech, 2 sacks!! Melton might be the 3-tech Chicago's been searching for since they had a healthy Tommie Harris. I'm hoping Melton develops into that 2nd defensive lineman that demands a double team to compliment Julius Peppers. So far so good. Peppers looked good as usual. If the front four can continue to get pressure without blitzing, this unit could be special.

You gotta like what we've seen from Brian Urlacher also, one pick, one fumble recovery for a td, and a bunch of tackles. The guy was all over the field and looks to be on his way to another pro-bowl season.

I was let down by Lance Louis getting hurt, but the line had an pretty solid performance. Both tackles had their troubles, Carimi early and Webb late, but were solid overall. Hopefully they'll continue to improve. If Louis is down long term, or continues to get hurt, maybe putting Spencer in at center and moving Garza back to right guard might not be a bad idea?

Oh yeah, all the talking heads that thought the Falcons were for real and the Bears weren't.....yeah? GO BEARS!!

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