OLBs Irving, Fitts among Chicago Bears inactives
In an early indication that Khalil Mack will play more than the 42 snaps he saw last week, two young Bears OLBs are inactive for Monday night’s prime-time clash with the Seahawks.
Second-year player Isaiah Irving and rookie Kylie Fitts did not suit up vs. Seattle. Irving played 19 snaps on special teams but not at all on defense last week, while Fitts was also inactive in Week One.
Eight-year veteran Sam Acho could also see more playing time on defense than last week, when he was on the field for just 11 defensive reps but played 13 special-teams snaps. OLB Leonard Floyd played 46 snaps in the season opener, despite being encumbered by the padded club covering his broken right hand. But defensive coordinator Vic Fangio hinted last week that his playing time could be reduced, when he was asked if the club hindered his game.
“Oh, for sure,” Fangio said. “There’s no way around it. Try to type on your computers there with one hand instead of two. You’ve got your head in the sand if you don’t think that affects a guy’s play, (having just) one hand.”
Fifth-round DL Bilal Nichols is active for the first time, replacing inactive veteran Nick Williams, who played 14 snaps last week.
Rookie WR Javon Wims is inactive for the second straight week, as is OL Rashaad Coward and S DeAngelo Houston-Carson (broken arm). FB Michael Burton, who played nine snaps last week, is the Bears’ other inactive.
TE Daniel Brown, who missed last week with a shoulder injury, is active tonight.
For the Seahawks, stalwart LBs Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright are inactive, as is No. 1 WR Doug Baldwin. Seattle is also without starting CB Tre Flowers, reserve OL D.J. Fluker and Jordan Simmons and backup safety Delano Hill.