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Bears starters won’t play much in preseason opener

Updated: October 3, 2011 1:15PM



BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — It’s that time of training camp when players are ready to hit somebody else for a change.

But as is customary in the preseason opener, Bears starters don’t figure to play more than the first series or two against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday at Soldier Field.

Jay Cutler played one ­series in last year’s preseason opener at San Diego — an eight-play drive in which he was 2-for-2 passing for 47 yards.

‘‘It will be pretty much along the lines of what we normally do,’’ coach Lovie Smith said after practice Thursday. ‘‘We’re not going to do too much. It’s the first game — we’ll work our way up to that third game
[Aug. 27 against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville], playing the [regular] guys the majority of the time.’’

Smith was coy when asked about whether running back Matt Forte will play Saturday. Forte expressed reservations about risking an injury that might hamper negotiations for a contract extension.



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