Bears Practice Report: Key players remain out on Tuesday

Bears Practice Report: Key players remain out on Tuesday
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 11: Danny Trevathan #59 of the Chicago Bears awaits the snap against the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field on August 11, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Not much changed on the injury front Tuesday for the Bears.

Offensive starters Kyle Long (shoulder) and Jeremy Langford (foot) and defensive starters Danny Trevathan (hamstring) and Bryce Callahan (hamstring) remained out.

The lone good news was the return of four players headlined by rookie outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and defensive lineman Cornelius Washington. Running back Senorise Perry and tight end Ben Braunecker also took part in practice.

Floyd was battling a hamstring injury that kept him out of Sunday’s practice while Washington has been out ever since suffering a left leg injury in the preseason opener against Denver.

Going back to the bad news regarding the Bears’ starters that aren’t able to practice right now. The Bears may be taking the cautious route here in Week 3 of the preseason, but Long’s shoulder and hamstring injuries to Trevathan and Callahan are concerning.

The Bears need Long badly to stay healthy especially with a young line around him and center Hroniss Grasu out for the season with a torn ACL. If Long is out of practice on Wednesday, expect the Bears to use second-year center Cornelius Edison at center with Ted Larsen moving to right guard against Kansas City this Saturday.

Long is a key cog to this offense much like wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is to the passing game. He’s missed three straight practices, so we will see if it gets any better. Head coach John Fox said after practice that he’ll play when he’s cleared. That’s just like Fox to keep it mysterious. The Tribune’s sources tell them that Long is currently dealing with a labrum injury.

For what it’s worth Long tweeted this GIF out on Tuesday night.

As for Trevathan and Callahan, their hamstring injuries are concerning. The Bears want to be improved on defense and they’ll need their free agent addition Trevathan to be healthy. Callahan is rising up in his second year and with the cornerback position so thin now he’s even more important than before. I expect Langford to be back sooner rather than later with his foot issue.

Other injured players on Tuesday were wide receivers Kieren Duncan, Deonte Thompson and Derek Keaton, linebackers Nick Kwiatkoski and Jarrett Grace, cornerbacks De’Vante Bausby and Kyle Fuller, safety Deon Bush and tight end Tony Moeaki, per Pro Football Weekly’s Kevin Fishbain.

Also, rookie defensive end Jonathan Bullard missed his second consecutive practice due to personal reasons. Also, special teams standout Lamin Barrow failed to finish practice due to a foot injury, per Fishbain. Don’t forget tight end Zach Miller, wide receiver Eddie Royal and cornerback Jacoby Glenn are all still working their way back from concussions.

With the Bears’ season opener 19 days away, there are a lot of question marks due to health and depth issues right now with this young team.

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