Kyle Long out a few days with viral infection, Chris Conte to PUP list

AP

The Bears got a standout rookie season from guard Kyle Long and expectations are high for the 2013 first-rounder in his second season, but it will be a few days before he hits the practice field.

The team announced Wednesday that Long is suffering from a viral infection and will not practice through the weekend as a result. Assuming that all goes well with his recovery, there shouldn’t be any impact on Long’s readiness for the season or his ability to handle the duties on the right side of the line.

The same appears to be true of right tackle Jordan Mills. Mills sat out minicamp because of a foot injury, but both he and left guard Matt Slauson (shoulder surgery) have been cleared by doctors to begin practicing with their teammates.

Safety Chris Conte isn’t quite that far along, however. Conte will start camp on the PUP list after having shoulder surgery in April. He’s expected back before camp comes to a close, but fourth-round pick Brock Vereen could use any extra reps he receives to stake a claim to the free safety job that could be too much for Conte to overcome.

14 responses to “Kyle Long out a few days with viral infection, Chris Conte to PUP list

  1. Noooo! If Kyle Long stays healthy he will be the Bears’ best O-Lineman by the middle of this season. Heck, he may be already.

  2. pftpoet, I cannot say anything to that, as I am laughing too hard.

    (I may not agree with all your Bear-bashing posts, but when you’re right, you’re right.)

  3. What’s interesting is that the Bears currently have another OL named Long on their roster, too. Joe Long. No relation to Kyle, but the brother of Jake. He’s a long shot to make the 53 but some Bears watchers think he may squeak in.

  4. Just settle up with Conte and let him go….I’m not even sure I want him around for Special Teams…

  5. Conte was #3 on the team in tackles last year. When your safeties are the #2 and #3 in tackles, your issues go waaaaaaay beyond safety play. The fan outrage at Conte’s play is severely misguided.

  6. Can’t wait to watch Suh pick back up against the bears & throw Long around like a rag doll again…

  7. Both Howie and Chris Long have said that Kyle is the best athlete of all of them. He has quick feet, a mean streak, and is strong as an ox. He is already the de facto leader of the OL even though Roberta Garza wears the C on his jersey. Oh yeah, he’s been working with a martial arts expert too.

    Somehow I think Suh isn’t gonna have quite as easy of a time with him this year.

  8. Could Brian De la Puenta and Roberto Garza start camp lined up at center and right guard until Kyle Long returns? And the way Ebin stepped up in the Green Bay game at the end of the year at tackle, this could prove to be the deepest we’ve been on the o line since … Ever.

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