Health issues was the prevailing story-line for the 1st half of the 2016 season for Chicago Bears. I'm not saying that was the only reason the team couldn't manage more than 2 wins, but you just can't ignore all the lost games from injury. From having center Hroniss Grassu go down in training camp, to having to put Pernell McPhee and Marquess Wilson on the PUP list, and you add Kyle Fuller's inability to rehab for the start of the season and the Bears shut him down.
Then on to the regular season and Chicago watched their starting running back, nose tackle, cornerback, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, quarterback, wide receiver, slot receiver and offensive guards all miss time, not to mention the numerous backups that all had to sit out with their own ailments. It was a very unlucky first half for the Bears.
The bye week came at a great time for them because, from a health stabdpoint, they're close to resembling the team that general manager Ryan Pace envisioned this offseason.
In my latest podcast, T Formation Conversation (Subscribe now on iTunes!), I go over all the returning Bears' players and talk about the depth chart and playing time for the final eight games.
Today there were two big changes from Wednesday's injury report, both starting guards (Long and Sitton) were back practicing without restrictions. Ka'Deem Carey also returned after missing yesterday with an illness.
Deiondre' Hall was the only Bear to miss practice today. Pernell McPhee, Tracy Porter, Eddie Royal, Bryce Callahan, Eddie Goldman and Mitch Unrein were all limited.