LB Kwon Alexander missed the final two preseason games with a hamstring strain, but he should be active for the Sunday game against the Bears.

DT Gerald McCoy went to his home in Oklahoma during the bye week, but his thoughts were on Tampa Bay. "Good morning," McCoy tweeted Monday. "Praying everybody is OK. And made it through the night."

S T.J. Ward used the bye week to become more familiar with Mike Smith's defense in Tampa Bay.

T Demar Dotson, who missed nearly all the preseason with a groin strain, said the extra time off will be a big benefit to him preparing for the Bears.