On the other side of the ball, wide receiver Earl Bennett still is in the process of being cleared after suffering a concussion early in August.
Melton is a game-changer on the Bears' defensive front, and getting him back from the get-go is a huge boon for that side of the ball. Bennett came into the season with big expectations, but the Bears have more depth at the receiving positions -- who would have said that in the last several years? -- with Alshon Jeffery steadily improving and Martellus Bennett at tight end. Earl Bennett's absence can be cushioned until he is 100 percent.