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Bears’ inactives vs. Titans: Rookie TE Cole Kmet to play despite groin injury

Not all the news is bad for the Bears this week. Up-and-coming tight end Cole Kmet will play today.

Kmet has six catches for 79 yards and a touchdown this season.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It’s been a chaotic week for the Bears as they try to figure out their personnel for one of the toughest games on their schedule. Aside from the offensive line being ravaged by injuries and coronavirus positive tests, the news is mostly good Sunday.

Most significantly injury-wise, rookie tight end Cole Kmet will play despite a groin injury that kept him out of two practices and prompted the Bears to list him as questionable.

Kmet’s role has steadily increased over the past month and he has six catches for 79 yards and a touchdown this season. He has played at least 33% of the snaps each of the last four weeks, including a season-high 42% against the Saints, as the Bears try to expand his role and cut back on their use of Demetrius Harris.

Wide receiver Riley Ridley is active for the first time this season and has a chance to play with Javon Wims suspended and the Bears having cut Ted Ginn. Ridley, a fourth-round pick out of Georgia in 2019, got 108 snaps over five games last season.

Here are the Bears’ inactives vs. the Titans:

QB Mitch Trubisky (shoulder)
C Sam Mustipher (knee)

DE Roy Robertson-Harris (shoulder)
DT John Jenkins (ankle)
OLB Trevis Gipson

On the Titans’ side, the Bears won’t have to worry about star pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney. He is inactive after being designated as questionable because of a knee injury.