When the Chicago Bears practiced over the weekend at Warren Township High School, there were 20 players sitting out due to injury. The injury/illness bug hasn’t really let up much this week, leaving the playing time up in the air for the “all important” third preseason game.
We know Kyle Long is most likely out with a labrum injury, an injury that some say is no biggie, while others claim it’s time to hit the panic button. Jay Cutler said he’s "not really that concerned," so hopefully he knows something we don’t. He added, "we'll miss him this week. Hopefully we get him back soon."
Starting right tackle Bobbie Massie was held out of practice today with what ever illness has been making the rounds through Halas Hall. The sickness has also claimed rookie corner Deiondre' Hall.
Also missing was number one draft pick Leonard Floyd (OLB) with a hamstring issue and fellow rookie Jonathan Bullard (DL) was excused again for personal reasons. Head coach John Fox says that Bullard will be back in Chicago tonight and back practicing tomorrow. Floyd was limited at practice yesterday after missing over the weekend with his hammy issue.
Corner Bryce Callahan, wide out Deonte Thompson and safety Deon Bush were also sidelined.
Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan was back on a limited basis as was running back Jeremy Langford.
Wide out Eddie Royal was back and Cutler cracked that he, “looks fresh, which he should be," after missing the last few weeks in concussion protocol. Zach Miller (TE) and Jacoby Glenn (CB) are still waiting for 100% clearance from their concussions.
This morning on WSCR 670am, Brad Biggs said that he expects outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, who is still on the PUP list, to miss week one against the Houston Texans.
Also In case you missed it yesterday, UDFA tight end Ben Braunecker returned to practice as did running back Senorise Perry and d-lineman Cornelius Washington.