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Bears HC Matt Eberflus expects Jaquan Brisker to play vs. Packers

Bears safety Jaquan Brisker is trending in the right direction for Sunday’s season opener against the Packers.

Brisker has been dealing with a soft tissue injury that’s kept him sidelined for the last three weeks, and his status has been in question for Week 1. But things are looking encouraging for the second-year safety.

Ahead of Wednesday’s practice, head coach Matt Eberflus indicated the team is full strength heading into the first week, barring left guard Teven Jenkins on injured reserve.

“We have everyone back and available to us,” Eberflus said. “…We’re excited about that.”

He doubled down later in his presser saying he expects Brisker to play in Sunday’s game.

Granted, that’s barring any setbacks. But the expectation is the Bears will be 100 percent — minus Jenkins — come Sunday against the Packers.

Earlier this week, Brisker explained he’s feeling much better now than he did just a couple of weeks ago. Brisker believes he’ll be ready to go Sunday.

“Two weeks ago, [I] couldn’t really do too much,” Brisker said Monday. “Really wasn’t looking promising. Looking forward to Wednesday. It’s going to be a big day for me.”

The first injury report of the 2023 regular season will be released following Wednesday’s practice, which should be a good indicator of Brisker’s status.

Story originally appeared on Bears Wire