Week 1 of the 2013 NFL regular season is just a month away now. The Cincinnati Bengals certainly won’t be getting to see the Chicago Bears defense that has been among the NFL’s best for the past decade. Four times in the past eights seasons the Bears have ranked in the top-10 in terms of total yards allowed on defense.
But this offseason, the Bears lost linebackers Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach, and defensive lineman Matt Toeaina and Israel Idonije to free agency. To replace the loss of Urlacher at MLB, the team signed D.J. Williams, who last week suffered a calf strain, and has been categorized as week-to-week, making his availability for the start of the season a big question mark.
Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden (24) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Today, the Bears lost nickle cornerback Kelvin Hayden to a season-ending hamstring tear. Hayden tore his hamstring on Saturday night during a practice at Soldier Field. Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman said Hayden will have surgery and expects a six- to eight-month recovery for Hayden, who played in all 16 games with the Bears last season.
Hayden was listed as the Bears starting nickelback on the depth chart, meaning the Bears could have anywhere from 4-6 new defensive starters from last year when they open the 2013 season against Cincinnati.