When you’re facing a pass rush like the San Francisco 49ers’, it’s important to have as many healthy starting offensive linemen as possible.

That’s why the latest observation involving the Chicago Bears starting center Lucas Patrick is so important. Per Fox 32 Chicago‘s Cassie Carlson, Patrick did not have a cast over his right hand, which is the hand he snaps the ball with.

This is a great sign for Patrick’s availability at center. There were discussions earlier in the week that Patrick may slide over to one of the guard positions if he is unable to snap the ball effectively.

Patrick has played guard in the past, but he’s a better option at center than Sam Mustipher would have been. Patrick staying at center gives the Bears their best starting five, which is something head coach Matt Eberflus and offensive line coach Chris Morgan have been searching for all offseason long.

There’s a chance the former Packer’s hand was uncovered due to it simply not being game time yet. But, that’s a small chance, at best.

Either way, we’ll find out what the Bears offensive line will look like soon enough.

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