“I would say it’s positive on Kyle,” Pace said. “You know how he is, you’ve got to hold him back a little bit, but it’s positive on Kyle.”
Long viewed practice from the sidelines on Saturday morning, but without the use of the walking boot he used the previous two days to stabilize the injury.
The expectation is Long returns to the practice field sometime in the next two weeks.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Long has missed only one game in his NFL career.
Pace also updated the status of outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, who is on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) as he recovers from offseason knee surgery.
“He’s just working with the trainers, you know, all the stuff inside - pool work and all those things,” Pace said. “He’s working really hard.”
There is no timetable for when McPhee is to be removed from the PUP list, but the Bears are confident the veteran pass-rusher will be ready for the regular season opener in September.
In other injury news, 2016 fourth-round pick Nick Kwiatkoski was unable to finish Saturday’s fully padded practice because of a hamstring injury, but top pick Leonard Floyd (illness) returned on a limited basis.