Shoulder injury keeping Kyle Long out of practice


When training camp opened, Bears guard Kyle Long missed a bit of time with a calf injury but he returned well ahead of the start of the preseason schedule.

The Bears are hoping that the same will be true of a shoulder injury that has kept him out of the last three practices. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that it is a labrum issue and that the team is evaluating how serious an issue it is. Biggs quotes one source as being “not optimistic” while another expressed confidence that Long will be ready for the regular season.

Coach John Fox wasn’t breaking any ties on Tuesday.

“It doesn’t really matter what I think,” Fox said. “There are medical people involved and when he’s cleared, he’ll play.”

The Bears have already lost center Hroniss Grasu for the season to a torn ACL, forcing them to move Ted Larsen to the pivot. Larsen kicked back over to guard to replace Long in a recent practice with Cornelius Edison playing center and the Bears also have Khaled Holmes and Amini Silatolu as interior depth should they need to fill in for Long in the coming weeks.

9 responses to “Shoulder injury keeping Kyle Long out of practice

  1. I’m going to say it again: Why did these geniuses in the front office get rid of Matt Slauson again?


    He would be hurt with all the rest of them. You gotta get over Slauson dude, its not worth complaining about stuff you have no control over.

  2. Horrible team. Long is overrated and should not have been in the pro bowl this year. Bears had him out of position. They are in rebuilding mode and will suck as long as they have Cutty as their starting QB. And most of their fans are delusional. They should have drafted somebody to slowly develop like Brissett, Hogan, or Prescott in this years draft. Marshall, Forte, Slauson, Bennett they could afford all of them and should be more competitive than they are. White was a wasted 7th overall selection from a yr ago, you dont normally get picks that high, they should have kept Marshall for only 9 mil and drafted LB/DE Beasley, CB Waynes, or HB Gurley. Since going 10-6 firing Lovie they have been bad, and Cutler is always injury prone. Horrible organization starting from the top.

  3. lintremover says:
    Aug 24, 2016 10:54 PM

    Since going 10-6 firing Lovie they have been bad, and Cutler is always injury prone. Horrible organization starting from the top.


    Limited truth here. No truth if you’re saying Lovie should have been kept. In 9 seasons Lovie made the playoffs 3 times. His playoff record was 3-3; it was 1-3 outside of 2006. That’s pretty weak. If it was New York, Baltimore, he’d have been fired after 2009, or 2011 at the latest. The Bears organization liked him and were patient to a fault.

    Don’t forget after 2006 he fired Ron Rivera and brought up Bruce Babich. He also hired some of the worst offensive coordinators this league has ever seen.

    In 2012—the season you cited above—they got off to a 7-1 start playing terrible teams. Look it up, none of the wins were in high stakes games. They would need finish 4-4 to clinch the playoffs, and had multiple opportunities. They finished 3-5 with two wins against Arizona (5-11) and Detroit (4-12). They beat the Lions by 2 points. That’s how the 10-6 happened. Don’t sit there and talk about how they fired a 10-6 team. No Bears fan has forgotten how that season ended and how bad they sucked when it mattered most.

    So Lovie had to go. No question. But when they out-thought themselves by hiring Trestman instead of Arians, yes, that was a total organizational failure. But to their credit, there was a quick response. They ate a bunch of Trestman’s contract and actually hired a real coach in John Fox. They played a lot better last year under Fox and I would expect more improvement this year, with or without injuries.

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