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.