Bears WRs Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal to start

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The Bears are opening the season with their full complement of wide receivers.

Former Pro Bowler Alshon Jeffery, who suffered a mild left calf strain four-and-a-half weeks ago, will be active and start against the Packers, the team announced Sunday. So will Eddie Royal, who suffered a hip injury two weeks ago. Marquess Wilson, who the Bears expect to fill the role left vacant by injured draft pick Kevin White, will play after recovering from a hamstring injury.

All three receivers were listed as questionable after being limited in practice all week. Whether they will be in sync is another issue — Jeffery did not appear in a single preseason game after suffering his injury on the walk-through the day before the team’s preseason opener.

All three ran routes at Soldier Field two hours before the game, catching passes from quarterback Jay Cutler.

The Packers’ star receiver, Randall Cobb, will also be active, the team announced.

The Bears’ other inactive players are quarterback David Fales, cornerback Tracy Porter, running back Ka’Deem Carey, linebacker Jon Bostic, center Hroniss Grasu, tackle Tayo Fabuluje and receiver Cameron Meredith.

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