The Chicago Bears will host the Buffalo Bills in a stand-alone game on NFL Network on Saturday, August 21st. Below is a look at the latest reports on who will and will not be available for each team at the offensive skill positions.
Josh Allen sat out the team’s first preseason game and earlier this week, he said he remains uncertain whether he will play on Saturday afternoon. If he’s held out again, Mitchell Trubisky should see plenty of time against his former team. Justin Fields saw a lot of time in his first game as a pro last week, but he missed practice earlier this week with a groin injury. He may still see some snaps on Saturday. At this point, Andy Dalton remains projected as the starter in Week 1.
Tarik Cohen remains on the PUP list for Chicago as he recovers from an ACL injury, so he will be out again. The rest of the Bears’ top backs should be available to play. For Buffalo, Zack Moss missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury but since returned to practice. It’s unclear if he will be ready to go this weekend.
Stefon Diggs remains out with a knee injury, so we will not see him make his preseason debut as he looks to recover in time for the first week of the regular season. Allen Robinson was held out of last week’s game, but he should be healthy enough to go if the coaching staff wants him out there.
Chicago has a decent tight end room with Cole Kmet in his second season along with veteran Jimmy Graham, and both figure to be involved this weekend. Buffalo’s reserve tight end Tommy Sweeney caught two passes last week, but he was seen in a walking boot this week.