Bears coach Marc Trestman expects Franklin to be active as a replacement on special teams for Jonathan Bostic, who will make his first start at middle linebacker.
"We're moving some people around," Trestman said. "Jonathan Bostic certainly won't get the special-teams work that he [normally] would. Jerry Franklin will have to step up and the young guys have to step up and do their jobs."
Franklin, who played his college ball at Arkansas, played in three games for the Bears last season and contributed two tackles on special teams. The Bears claimed Franklin off the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad in Week 15 of last season.
"We've seen him since the OTAs," Trestman said. "He's working and active, and he'll get some playing time."