Bears safety Chris Conte cleared to play Week 1 after concussion
Conte had been out since sustaining a concussion in Chicago's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 22. Earlier this offseason, Conte underwent shoulder surgery that kept him out of training camp until Aug. 10.
Conte, a third-round pick of the Bears in the 2011 NFL draft, has started 31 games over the past two seasons. He had 90 total tackles and three interceptions in 2013.
In the team's final regular season game against the Green Bay Packers last season, it was Conte's coverage mistake that allowed the Packers to throw a last-minute touchdown pass that earned them a victory and the NFC North title.
Chicago opens the 2014 season Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
- Ben Estes