Bears keep Kyle Long at right guard to open camp


BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears experiment with Kyle Long is far from over, but the two-time Pro Bowler is expected to open training camp on Thursday at his customary right guard spot.

"That's the way we started him in the offseason. He'll start there and I don't know where he's going to end up," Bears head coach John Fox said. "Players pick the roster; it's a performance-based business. We're all held to it. So talking about it doesn't do much."

One of the NFL's best interior offensive linemen, Long lined up at both left and right tackle the final two weeks of the offseason program; an indication the Bears may look to permanently move Long outside in the future.

"We're going to go into a game with seven linemen for five positions," Fox added. "How they cross-train, how they prepare to play different spots based on what happens -- I don't know what's going to happen, but things do. So we're going to have to be ready for that. So guys will line up in multiple spots in this training camp."

For his part, Long said on Wednesday that his main focus lies on improving the team's chemistry after a dreadful 5-11 season that featured dysfunction at every level.

"You can definitely tell that a lot of the walls that had been built for whatever reason in the locker room have been knocked down," Long said "It's kind of an open-air environment for a lot of guys. And between upstairs and downstairs; there's great relationships between players, coaches, staff, personnel. Everybody's really cool. It's nice to have that one goal in mind. Just trying to get better every day."