Two key Bears offensive starters sat out practice on Saturday night at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Ill.
Running back Jeremy Langford and right guard Kyle Long were on the sidelines watching the festivities. Head coach John Fox revealed after practice that Langford’s foot was “landed on” Thursday night against New England. The second-year back was seen in a walking boot on his left foot. As for Long, he is nursing a shoulder injury.
Other Bears held out on Saturday night were linebackers Danny Trevathan and Nick Kwiatkoski, cornerbacks Bryce Callahan, Jacoby Glenn, Kyle Fuller and De’Vante Bausby.
Wide receivers Deonte Thompson and Derek Keaton, tight ends Tony Moeaki and Ben Braunecker, running back Senorise Perry and defensive end Cornelius Washington were also not practicing, per Pro Football Weekly’s Kevin Fishbain.
The good news on the night was the returns of wide receiver Eddie Royal, running back Ka’Deem Carey and tight end Zach Miller all who have dealt with concussions.
Miller was in a non-contact jersey while Royal is clearly not fully back after the comment made by Fox after the practice.
“He’s progressing. He’s not been cleared yet for total contact, but he’s getting back in the thick of things,” Fox told CBS Sports’ Zach Zaidman.
Fox also told Zaidman that the Bears were simply being smart by keeping guys out of the practice session. Either way, the Bears need to get their ailing starters back healthy and they have exactly 22 days until the season opener in Houston.
Regardless of when Langford or Long return the guys behind them will get valuable reps with the first-team offense including Jacquizz Rodgers and Ka’Deem Carey at running back and Amini Silatolu and Shelley Smith at guard.
Larsen scuffles again
Bears center Ted Larsen got into a shoving match with defensive end Akiem Hicks in front of the crowd at Warren Township. However, Bears veteran quarterback Jay Cutler stepped in to make sure it didn’t escalate.
Ted Larsen & Akiem Hicks began shoving each other after a play. Jay Cutler pulled the center away, clearly thinking of the kids in Gurnee.
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 20, 2016
The Bears play host to the Kansas City Chiefs next Saturday at 12 p.m. CT/1 p.m ET. It will be a big test for the first team and competing players as they will get the most snaps in the preseason. Updates to come from this week’s practices leading up to preseason game No. 3.
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