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Who will see playing time for Dolphins vs. Bears in Week 1 preseason

The Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears will face off in Week 1 of NFL preseason on Saturday. We take a look at who’s likely to see playing time in this preseason matchup.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass during in practice drills Training Camp at Baptist Health Training Complex on August 07, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Game day update: The Dolphins released a list of players not expected to play on Saturday. The biggest offensive names are wide receivers DeVante Parker, Will Fuller, Allen Hurns, and Albert Wilson, and guard Liam Eichenberg. The defense will be without cornerbacks Byron Jones and Xavien Howard to go along with defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.

After a joint practice session this week, the Chicago Bears will host the Miami Dolphins for both teams’ preseason opener on Saturday night. Miami head coach Brian Flores has said he expects his starters to play, at least for a little bit. The Bears will likely have most of their first team on the field at kickoff time, but all eyes in Chicago will be on rookie quarterback Justin Fields, who’s expected to see significant playing time in the first quarter and beyond.


The Dolphins plan to start Tua Tagovailoa for Saturday’s game, along with most starters, head coach Brian Flores said earlier this week. Just how meaningful those snaps will be, remains to be seen since it’s only the first week of the preseason. After Tua’s done, the Dolphins will hand it over to Jacoby Brissett and Reid Sinnett.

Andy Dalton will make the start for the Bears, but the real excitement for Chicago is rookie Justin Fields, who’s expected to take over early in the first half and see a significant amount of playing time.

Running Backs

Myles Gaskin should get a few snaps, but the Dolphins will be looking closely at newly added Malcolm Brown as the backup. Also competing for a roster spot is intriguing seventh-round pick Gerrid Doaks along with Salvon Ahmed.

Starter David Montgomery likely won’t play much for the Bears, so the backup competition between Damien Williams and Khalil Herbert will take center stage.

Wide Receivers

Dolphins receivers Will Fuller, DeVante Parker, Preston Williams and Albert Wilson could all sit this week after missing practice time with various injuries. That will give rookie Jaylen Waddle plenty of playing time.

Allen Robinson is unlikely to play after dealing with a hamstring injury this week, but Darnell Mooney will be out there for a number of snaps with fields.

Tight Ends

Cole Kmet will get plenty of playing time in the first half with the Bears, part of the plan to get Fields reps with the starters.

Mike Gesicki is the unquestioned starter for the Dolphins. He might see a few snaps, based on what Flores has said this week, but this game will be a chance for Miami to see what they’ve got in undrafted rookie Cethan Carter, who’s currently listed in the No. 2 spot.