Two significant pregame notes

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

CHICAGO -- Here’s some important news from Soldier Field: The Bears won’t face Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin after all.

We all watched Boldin during early warm-ups and nothing seemed amiss. But ultimately, the Cardinals decided that his sprained ankle wasn’t healthy enough for him to play.

I wouldn’t relax too much. The Cardinals still have two talented receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston. But Boldin’s absence was the best pregame news the Bears could have hoped for.

Meanwhile, one pregame note from Tampa Bay: Green Bay has announced that Mark Tauscher will start at right tackle, as expected. When the Packers signed Tauscher last month, you knew it was only a matter of time before he replaced Allen Barbre as the starter.