ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.–Reports of Frank Omiyale’s struggles were, well, greatly premature.
The free-agent pickup will start at left guard tonight, the Bears just announced. He has been running with the first team for most of the last week of practice starting with the Family Day practice last Saturday at Soldier Field.
Omiyale will not be blocking for running back Matt Forte, though. The team announced that Kevin Jones will start at running back. Forte has not been ruled out, but it’s expected that he will not play if he’s not starting. The coaching staff wouldn’t run Forte behind the backup line.
Israel Idonije will start at under tackle in place of Tommie Harris. Al Afalava will be at strong safety with Kevin Payne at free safety.
The minor hip injury Greg Olsen has will keep him out. Olsen was running on the field before the game and should be back at practice this coming week. Desmond Clark will start in his place.