LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — Papa Bear Halas and Walter “Sweetness” Payton are now standing guard in statuary form at Soldier Field – and appropriately on Tuesday, the Bears practiced inside the Payton Center at Halas Hall.

As CBS 2’s Megan Mawicke reported, practicing indoors didn’t it a damper on the Bears’ excitement for their highly-anticipated season opener with the arch rival Green Bay Packers this coming Thursday.

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For the starters, it feels like an eternity since they last played in a real game.

“It’s been a long time since I caught like a live football,” said wide receiver Taylor Gabriel. “So excited to get to Thursday.”

“I’m ready to play out – you know, I feel like it’s been a while since we played in game. It’s been a while since I’ve had contact – taken to the ground contact,” said Bears running back Tarik Cohen. “So I’m anxious to get that out of the way.”

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Prime time, the Bears-Packers game is the only game on tap – and it kicks off the Bears’ centennial season.

Is there any harm if they get caught up in the hype?

“There’s no harm in that, as long as you understand – as long as it doesn’t affect your game,” said Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy. “You want to realize the goal for when you’re playing is you want to play a lot of night games – you don’t want to be playing at 12 o’clock. That means that people want to see you playing.”

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Nagy was adamant that there would be no rust, since the starters haven’t really played since January. Also, tight end Trey Burton was limited in practice for a second straight day Tuesday, and Nagy said it will most likely come down to a game time decision.