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Kyle Long returned to practice for the Bears

The Chicago Bears received some good news today when veteran offensive lineman Kyle Long returned to practice.

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The Chicago Bears have already had one player come off injured reserve, tight end Adam Shaheen, but they are allowed a second, and it looks like offensive guard Kyle Long is on track to do so for the week 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

For the first time since injuring his foot on October 28th, Long was back practicing at Halas Hall today. He’s technically not on the 53-man roster, so he’s not a part of the official injury report, but he was back on the field today with his teammates.

He’s been out of the walking boot for a little over a week now and the earliest he can be activated to the 53-man roster is Saturday, December 29th. He will have three days of practice next week to allow the Bears to make a determination on his recovery. If he’s activated the Bears will need to make a roster move.

Bryan Witzmann has been lining up at Long’s right guard spot, and his play the last couple games was solid, but a healthy Long is the better player for sure.

I discussed what getting Long back could mean for the offensive line on my latest podcast so check that out.

A Long return means it’s time to party!