Bears Practice Report: Zach Miller and Eddie Royal are a full go

Bears Practice Report: Zach Miller and Eddie Royal are a full go

The Bears received some good news on Monday at Halas Hall.

Tight end Zach Miller and wide receiver Eddie Royal both returned to full contact after working their way back from concussions.

Miller hadn’t been 100 percent healthy since July 31. Strangely enough, Royal suffered a concussion just a day after Miller on Aug. 1. The two have been limited in concussion protocol over the past week and now can finally get going in Dowell Loggains offense.

Another long term injury that appeared to be serious was to fourth-round rookie linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski. The West Virginia product was a full participant for the first time in practice on Monday since July 30.

As for starters guard Kyle Long and cornerback Tracy Porter, they didn’t practice. Long is still battling a shoulder injury while Porter is in concussion protocol after a poorly timed hit by his own teammate Harold Jones-Quartey in Saturday’s loss to Kansas City forced him out of action.

Also out were defensive end Akiem Hicks (personal matter), Ted Larsen (illness), safety Deon Bush (neck), wide receiver Deonte Thompson (ankle), cornerback Kyle Fuller (knee), cornerback Bryce Callahan (hamstring) and wide receiver Marquess Wilson (foot).

McPhee’s knee

Second-year Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee didn’t participate in the team’s off-season program after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in February. He was placed on the PUP list to open training camp last month and remains sidelined. Bears’ head coach John Fox gave a brief update on the Pernell McPhee situation.

Fox went onto to say that McPhee could start the regular season on the PUP list.

This is starting to look much worse than we were forced led to believe. Veteran linebacker Willie Young met with the media after practice on Monday and had this interesting tidbit to say about McPhee when asked (via Adam Hoge).

“He’s been busting his tail and that’s a credit to him because to bounce back from any what used to be career-ending injuries, it’s a challenge,” Young said.

Signed to a five-year, $38.75 million deal ($15.5 million guaranteed) last March, McPhee battled through a knee issue for most of last season. He recorded 53 tackles, six sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in 14 games, 12 starts. McPhee will count $7.65 million against the cap this year.

First wave of cuts

Follow all the cuts the Bears make from getting down to 90 players to 75. They need to make five more cuts by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.

You can find the full list of guys they’ve let go already and what it means moving forward, here.

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