With Major Wright doubtful with a head/neck injury and veteran Chris Harris likely a game-time decision after being limited in practice, Craig Steltz and Brandon Meriweather look to be the starting safeties for the Bears.
Harris missed last week’s game against the Saints because of an hamstring injury. He has been testing it this week in practice and is questionable for Sunday.
He knows how important this game against the Packers is, so don’t be shocked if he is out there come Sunday. Even if he does play, Steltz will still be used because Harris won’t be able to play the entire game.
Meriweather left last week’s game with an ankle injury, so the Bears decided to go with young safeties Major Wright and Chris Conte.
Later in the game, once Wright was ruled done for the day, the Bears opted to use Craig Steltz alongside Brandon Meriweather. The two looked much more comfortable out there and didn’t make the big mistake that the young safeties made.
“You want those guys to trust you, no matter the situation,” Steltz said. “That all starts at practice. I’m just trying to take as many (first-team) reps as I can to gain the confidence of the other guys on defense.”
Steltz, in four seasons with the Bears has appeared in 34 games, making two starts, 37 tackles and one interception.
Meriweather, has appeared in 66 games, making 41 starts, 269 tackles, 12 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and four forced fumbles.
Steltz and Meriweather could be a solid tandem at safety for the Bears this Sunday when the face the Packers. I’m sure fans would much rather see Chirs Harris out there instead of Steltz, but Steltz has proven to be steady when he has gotten his chance.
Expect the Packers to try and throw deep against this tandem. The Bears will need to help these safeties out by bringing pressure with their front four against a week Packers offensive line.
All quotes from Chicagotribune.com
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