The Bears will help kick off the 2018 preseason when they face the Baltimore Ravens in this year’s Hall of Fame Game at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio.
Both teams will have a middle linebacker enshrined two days later, when the Bears’ Brian Urlacher and the Ravens’ Ray Lewis are inducted.
Players consider an extra preseason game more of a nuisance than anything else, but by playing a fifth exhibition game, it will give Bears new head coach Matt Nagy more opportunities to evaluate his roster.
The last time the Bears played in the Hall of Fame Game was in 2005, when they defeated the Miami Dolphins, 27-24. They went on to finish 11-5 that season behind rookie quarterback Kyle Orton, who replaced Rex Grossman after the starter suffered a fractured ankle in the preseason.
Urlacher will become the franchise’s 28th player in the Hall of Fame, the most of any team. He and Lewis will be inducted alongside wide receivers Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, safety Brian Dawkins, linebacker Robert Brazile, guard Jerry Kramer and general manager Bobby Beathard.
The Bears are 4-0 all time in Hall of Fame Games.