Bears LT Jermon Bushrod is out with a concussion, so second-year pro Charles Leno (No. 72, Boise State) is starting against the Raiders at Soldier Field. “It’s a great opportunity,” Leno said. “I’m really excited, ready to play some football and get back to playing the way I know I can play.’’ Said coach John Fox: “It’s a huge opportunity for him, and we’re all excited and anxious to see how he performs.”
IUPATI IS BACK
Cardinals guard Mike Iupati (No. 76, Idaho), who has been out since the middle of the preseason (knee), will start against the Rams. “Hopefully he’s not too rusty, because he has a Tasmanian devil he has to block half the time,” coach Bruce Arians said, referring to Rams DT Aaron Donald. “It feels good, you know,” Iupati said. “You hate to be on the sideline. We’re going against great D-linemen. It’s one of those things to be excited about. It’s football. It’s competition. ... I’m ready. That’s why I’ve practiced (since) two weeks ago, to get the rust out.”
MARTIN SHOULD PLAY
Bucs RB Doug Martin (No. 22, Boise State), held out of Thursday’s practice after injuring his knee Wednesday, was back at practice Friday and confident he will play against the Panthers. “It’s fine. I’ll be perfect for Sunday,” said Martin, who is listed as questionable.
CRAWFORD WANTS MORE
Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford (No. 98, Boise State) had a sack and three tackles (two for loss) in the opener. In the past two games, he has hasn’t shown up on the stat sheet despite being on the field for 93 plays. “I feel like I’ve played lower than what I thought I’d be doing right now,” he said. “I definitely want to improve my game and step it up. I just need to get it together.”
Fourth-year Bengals safety George Iloka (No. 43, Boise State), who hasn’t missed a game since he was a rookie, is listed as doubtful (ankle) against the Chiefs. “I’ve got to get healthy so I can go out there and play like I know I can,” he said.