Saturday night's preseason game against the Bengals won't count in the standings, but the contest is significant for several Bears players, including rookie defensive lineman Eddie Goldman.
With veteran defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff suspended for the first three games of the season, Jarvis Jenkins intends to assume more of a leadership role with the Bears.
The third preseason game is traditionally a dress rehearsal for the regular season because starters play into the second half. But Saturday night's contest against the Bengals will be much more for Bears coach John Fox.
Despite a rocky road that includes being released six times by four different teams, Bears receiver Joshua Bellamy remains determined to chase his NFL dream.