Given what he’s been through lately, some concern any time Bears guard Kyle Long misses a practice is reasonable. Questions of whether he’s had a setback are perfectly fine until confirmed otherwise. Considering he’s recovering from three off-season surgeries, it might be best to leave outright panic at the door until Long’s game status is officially in question, though.
That’s the case this week, as after Long sat out Thursday’s Bears practice to rest his ankle, two days later he was listed as probable for the matchup against the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. All’s well that ends well up front for the Bears. Now to those of you that do this: stop calling a 6-foot-6, 316 pound NFL offensive lineman soft any time he misses one practice, especially with what he’s been through.
On the defensive side of the ball, expect to see nickel cornerback Bryce Callahan too, who was limited earlier in the week but was also listed as probable for Chicago’s matchup against Seattle. If Callahan had sat out due to a sore knee, the Bears would have no reliable depth at the position to fill in on a part-time basis.
As for the Seahawks, linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright were officially ruled out. Receiver Doug Baldwin will also Monday’s game against the Bears. An ideal scenario for the Bears to take advantage.
After a gut-wrenching loss in Week 1, the Bears are fully recovered and all systems go for their 2018 home opener at Soldier Field.
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