What will Chicago Bears offensive line look like at Cowboys?

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One of the significant issues for the Chicago Bears this season has been their offensive line. The team has relied on young names, but beyond that, there has been a ton of shuffling as well. Just as the team thought they got healthy during the mini-bye, injuries popped up again, and the line will again start to see more rotation.

The team put Lucas Patrick on the IR, and now Larry Borom is not practicing with a concussion. Almost every player diagnosed with a concussion this season has missed one game. Kenny Pickett did not, but he entered the protocol out of caution and did not actually have a concussion.

Who will start on the offensive line for Chicago Bears?

With that in mind, it sounds highly unlikely that Borom and Patrick will be suiting up this week. Who will be stepping into those roles?

Center seems obvious. Sam Mustipher the first six weeks of the season. He was benched for week seven, but that lasted about a quarter. When Patrick was hurt, it was Mustipher in the mix.

Of course, things will still be different. When Mustipher was at center Cody Whitehair was his left guard. When Whitehair went down, it was Patrick. Now, the team is on LG3 with Michael Schofield.

Schofield is the veteran many thought would be starting at right guard, but he had an awful preseason that left him as an emergency reserve.

At right tackle, it will be someone we have not seen yet. Smart money would say that this is the job for Riley Reiff.

Reiff is in a similar spot to Schofield. Reiff was signed right before training camp, and whether it was the left or right side, many thought he would start. However, with Braxton Jones doing fine on the left side, and Larry Borom handling his own on the right, they decided to let the two young players go through growing pains, rather than starting the veteran with limited upside.

Overall, it was disappointing that Reiff and Schofield did not show up and win the jobs. However, now that they have trusted veterans at depth in key positions, it is turning out to still be a wise decision.

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The Chicago Bears will likely have Braxton Jones, Michael Schofield, Sam Mustipher, Teven Jenkins, and Riley Reiff as their starting five offensive lineman when looking from left to right.