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

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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.

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14 Responses to “Kyle Long out a few days with viral infection, Chris Conte to PUP list”
  1. bassplucker says: Jul 23, 2014 3:39 PM

    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. thepftpoet says: Jul 23, 2014 3:46 PM

    Hasn’t Chris Conte technically always been on the “Physically Unable to Perform” list with his horrid Safety play?

  3. larryboodry says: Jul 23, 2014 3:51 PM

    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.)

  4. chicagosports2014 says: Jul 23, 2014 3:56 PM

    Now Kyle is sick, please don’t go back to Deerfield High anymore.

  5. bassplucker says: Jul 23, 2014 4:12 PM

    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.

  6. vdogg says: Jul 23, 2014 4:15 PM

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

  7. granadafan says: Jul 23, 2014 4:40 PM

    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.

  8. alshonbrandontandem says: Jul 23, 2014 4:41 PM

    Man I hope this rookie safety is good, cause our safeties suck. Should of drafted the Louisville Slugger.

  9. ahs2 says: Jul 23, 2014 5:15 PM

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

  10. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 23, 2014 5:24 PM

    heeeere pup pup!! heeeere pup!!! *dog comes running*

  11. bassplucker says: Jul 23, 2014 6:51 PM

    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.

  12. rfgatwordpress says: Jul 23, 2014 8:38 PM

    The oline is so deep, that EVEN IF Long were to miss a couple games, I really dont think wed lose that big of a step… DelaPuenta IN A BACKUP ROLE?

  13. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Jul 23, 2014 10:12 PM

    Kyle Long and Alshon Jeffery were by far the best acquisitions Emery has made. Well see what this year reveals. So many possibilities between 2014 FA pick ups and the 2014 Draft.

  14. dobe420 says: Jul 23, 2014 11:31 PM

    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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