Bears hold out Cutler, Peppers, Urlacher



CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears held out quarterback Jay Cutler, defensive end Julius Peppers and linebacker Brian Urlacher from Monday’s preseason opener against the Denver Broncos.

Urlacher was not expected to play after missing time in six practices because of his injured left knee and for personal reasons. Cutler and Peppers were in uniform, but the Bears decided to hold them out on a rainy night.

The Bears also lost safety Major Wright to a hamstring injury early in the game. He intercepted Peyton Manning near the goal line on the first possession and did not come out for the second drive.

The Broncos were without defensive tackle Justin Bannan (calf) and safety Quinton Carter (knee).