Bears Practice Report: Long, Porter and Jones-Quartey headline non-participants

Bears Practice Report: Long, Porter and Jones-Quartey headline non-participants

The Bears held their last preseason practice on Tuesday at Halas Hall as they prepare for the finale in Cleveland on Thursday.

Right guard Kyle Long (shoulder), cornerback Tracy Porter (concussion protocol), linebacker Danny Trevathan and safety Harold Jones-Quartey (illness) led the big four that were held out.

Cornerbacks Kyle Fuller (knee) and Bryce Callahan (hamstring), safety Deon Bush (neck), wide receivers Marquess Wilson (foot) and Deonte Thompson (ankle) and linebacker Pernell McPhee (knee) were also non-participants on Tuesday.

Injury breakdown

Bears head coach John Fox said after practice that Long hasn’t been medically cleared yet, but CBS Sports insider Zach Zaidman reported something that can be turned positive for the three-time Pro Bowler.

“We’re anticipating him, at least, being back out there to get ready for Houston,” Fox said.

Porter’s head injury isn’t expected to hold him out of the season opener 12 days from now while Trevathan is still trying to get back to 100 percent dealing with his hamstring issue. Jones-Quartey is the latest player to deal with an illness and he should be fine.

Fuller seems very doubtful for Week 1 in Houston while Callahan’s hamstring situation is iffy at this point.

Defensive end Akiem Hicks (personal matter) and center Ted Larsen (illness) returned to practice after missing Monday’s session.

Royal avoids Kaepernick question

Ninth-year pro Eddie Royal enters his second season with the Bears. He returned to full participation after battling a concussion since Aug. 1. The veteran wide receiver said it was great to be back, he missed being out there.

Royal’s sister served time in Iraq with the Air Force. He said he chokes up every time the National Anthem plays. So when he was asked by a reporter about Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the National Anthem, he chuckled and said “I’ll leave that up to other people.”

Pure class by Royal.

Miller has high expectations

Miller returned with Royal on Monday after being out with a concussion since July 31. The injury prone tight end is going to be a big part of the Bears’ offense as the No. 1 tight end. They need him to be healthy.

He believes in this offense despite the ups-and-downs this preseason.

“I think we can be great as soon as we get rolling,” Miller said.

Getting down to 75

Two players, center Hroniss Grasu (ACL) and quarterback Connor Shaw (leg) were placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Linebacker Lamin Barrow (foot) was waived/injured while linebacker Jarrett Grace was waived. Also, linebacker Roy Robertson-Harris was placed on the reserve/non-football list with an illness. He’ll miss the first six weeks while not counting against the roster total.

Saturday will not only serve as final cuts where teams must get from 75 to 53 players, but the Bears must figure out what to do with outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (knee) and Marquess Wilson (foot). Both players are on the PUP list and figure to start off the season there.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted this out on Tuesday morning regarding McPhee’s health.

Note: After 480 total players were cut in the first wave, a whopping 704 will be waived by Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.

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