Saturday, August 2, 2014
Bears' Kyle Long returns to action
By Michael C. Wright
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long made his training camp debut Saturday night at Soldier Field after missing the team’s first seven practices with a viral infection.
Long participated during the portion of practice devoted to individual position drills, but the team kept the second-year veteran out of all team activities.
“It was really nice to be in pads,” Long said. “It was really nice to be out there with the guys that worked so hard all training camp. I missed out on a lot of it. So it’s been good to get back today. We’ll keep the ball rolling on Monday.”
The Bears receive a day off from practice on Sunday and resume training camp Monday at Olivet Nazarene University.
The Bears cleared Long to practice on Wednesday, but worked him through three days of conditioning before putting him on the field.
“Just watching him warm up, it was good to see him in pads,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “We’ll see what [head athletic trainer] Chris [Hanks] says, and what the guys say after tomorrow. But things are looking up. The plan is still in place. We said he was gonna do individual [drills] tonight in pads, and he did. So that was a good sign. We’ll see where we are on Monday.”
Long joked that he “did actually” want to participate in team drills, but a staffer took away his helmet to prevent that from occurring.
The plan for Long’s return calls for the guard to gradually work himself back into playing shape.
Chicago’s first-round pick in 2013, Long started all 16 games at right guard as a rookie on the way to being named to the Pro Bowl.